Department of  the Environment

About us | Contact us | Publications

Header imagesHeader imagesHeader images

Publications archive


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Cover for Standardising Diesel/Biodiesel blends - Discussion paper

Before you download

Most publications are available as PDF files. Adobe Acrobat Reader  is required to view PDF files.

If you are unable to access a publication, please contact us to organise a suitable alternative format.


   Links to another web site
   Opens a pop-up window

Standardising diesel/biodiesel blends

Discussion paper
Department of the Environment and Heritage, November 2006
ISBN 0 6425 5321 1


About this discussion paper

The Government set a fuel quality standard for neat biodiesel (B100) in September 2003. There is currently no diesel/biodiesel blend fuel quality standard in Australia however most biodiesel is retailed in the form of a blend with diesel. Internationally, biodiesel is used as a transport fuel in its own right (known as B100) or in blends with petroleum diesel. Most common blends used are 5% biodiesel (B5) and 20% biodiesel (B20).

The objective of this discussion paper is to seek comment on management options for standardising diesel/biodiesel blended fuels. The Australian Government aims to set fuel quality standards that allow for optimum vehicle and environmental performance. Informed public debate is necessary to ascertain how quality standards are best managed. This can involve decisions relating to the specifications and testing methods that are set for each parameter within any standard.

See also: