Biofuels blended in petrol and diesel to increase to 10% from 2019
The level of biofuel in petrol and diesel is to increase from 8% to 10% from January 2019, it has been confirmed by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton.

It has been confirmed that there will be more biofuel blended into petrol and diesel from 1 January 2019, as reported by the Irish Farmers Journal last April.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton has announced his intention to increase the level from 8% to 10%.

Draft order

The Minister also published a draft order that will increase the level of biofuel used in the transport sector further to 11% from 1 January 2020.

This draft order will now be open to consultation.

The Biofuels Obligation Scheme requires suppliers of road transport fuels to include a proportion of biofuels in fuel placed on the market in Ireland.

The inclusion of biofuels in the fuel mix increases the level of renewable energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector.

The consultation will run until 23 January 2019

This would mean that all suppliers of road transport fuels would be required to increase the percentage of biofuel in their fuel from the current level of 8% to 11% by 2020.

The consultation will run until 23 January 2019.

The increased obligation from 8% to 11% by volume is expected to lead to over 70m litres of fossil fuel being replaced with biofuel and reduce Ireland’s emissions by almost 200,000t of carbon each year.

Minister Bruton said: "I am currently developing an all-of-Government plan to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change.

"This plan will have actions across all sectors of society and will have time lines, with clear lines of responsibility.

“Transitioning to cleaner fuels is an important part of delivering on that ambition.”

Technical difficulties

In the Biofuels Obligation Scheme policy statement, published in April, it said petrol in Ireland currently contains up to 5% bioethanol (E5) and all petrol-powered vehicles can operate using this blend.

However, it said that while although most petrol-powered vehicles in Ireland are compatible with petrol that contains 10% bioethanol (E10), using E10 in older vehicles may cause technical difficulties.

All diesel vehicles can operate for most of the year on a blend of 93% diesel and 7% biodiesel, it said.

Biodfuels on the Irish market

In 2017, a total of 225m litres of biofuel (167m litres biodiesel, 58m litres bioethanol) were placed on the Irish market.

All of the biodiesel placed on the Irish market was produced from feedstocks classified as wastes or residues, such as used cooking oil and tallow (waste from the meat processing industry).

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The farmer's daily wrap: Castleblayney, chlorothalonil and Brexit
Here is your news round-up of the five top farming stories and weather outlook for 23 March 2019.

Weather forecast

Saturday is forecast to be generally dry and bright, with good spells of sunshine through the day and just a few showers across Ulster.

Met Éireann has said that it will be a fairly cool day though, with highs of 7 to 9 degrees in light to moderate westerly breezes.

In the news

  • Farmers left unpaid by the liquidation of EP Nugent Ltd, the company operating Castleblayney Mart, have decided to take legal action.
  • The discontinuation of chlorothalonil is a hammer blow to Irish tillage farmers, Irish Grain Growers Group chair Bobby Miller has said.
  • There would be a 9.2% fall in primary and manufacturing employment in Monaghan if WTO tariffs were applied in a no-deal Brexit scenario.
  • There is a mixed bag of weather for the weekend ahead, but it will be mostly cool and dry on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Independent TD Denis Naughten has said that it is time for action on beef grading machines in meat factories.
  • Coming up this Saturday

  • Balla Mart report.
  • Good week/bad week.
  • Stories from the 2018 Irish Farmers Journal Agricultural Land Price Report.
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