National standard for biodiesel - discussion paper
Setting national fuel quality standards - Discussion paper 6
Environment Australia, 2003
ISBN 0 6425 4908 7
About this paper
Biodiesel is a renewable fuel derived from vegetable oils or animal fats through the process of esterification. Biodiesel is used in conventional diesel engines. There is a growing amount of experience internationally in the use of biodiesel as a transport fuel.
Unlike the process of setting fuel quality standards for petrol or diesel, there is currently no uniform industry accepted biodiesel standard in Australia. There are currently no State/Territory based fuel quality standards for biodiesel. There are however examples of quality standards for biodiesel internationally and these will be compared and discussed. Under the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 biodiesel is listed as a fuel for which standards can be made.
The technical issues presented in this paper have been identified by Environment Australia as being important with regard to biodiesel fuel quality. Environment Australia commissioned Pacific Air and Environment Pty Ltd to prepare a technical paper on biodiesel, its use as a transport fuel, and its impact on vehicle emissions and engine operability. The technical paper has assisted in the development of this discussion paper.
This discussion paper is one of several discussion papers made available for public consultation to work towards setting national fuel quality standards. This discussion paper is now closed for public comment.
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