Brazil biodiesel mandate moves to 7 percent come November
On May 28, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff signed an increase in the nation’s biodiesel mandate, starting in July, from 5 to 6 percent, and moving to 7 percent in November, according to Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy. The measure was signed during an event at the presidential palace.
Minister Edison Lobao says the increase will allow full use of Brazil’s biodiesel production capacity and benefit family farmers with income generation. He also cited the environmental gains. Brazil currently has 57 plants able to process about 7.5 billion liters (approximately 1.98 billion gallons) of biodiesel annually. The increase to 7 percent biodiesel in Brazil will reduce diesel imports by 1.2 billion liters a year. The National Biodiesel Program instituted a 2 percent biodiesel mandate in 2008, and in 2010 it rose to 5 percent where it has stayed.