Department of Energy and Water Supply

Biofuels

There are increasing efforts globally to seek sustainable alternatives to conventional petroleum based fuels. Alternative fuels, which can be produced from a range of agricultural, biomass or waste feedstocks, have the potential to reduce our reliance on imported fossil fuels and develop new industries.

Queensland biofuel mandate

The Liquid Fuel Supply Act 1984 requires the fuel industry to meet targets for the sale of biobased fuels.

This biofuels mandate commenced on 1 January 2017. It is a step towards growing our biofuel and bio-manufacturing industries. It provides certainty so the industry can invest, innovate and create jobs as part of a cleaner, greener future for Queensland. A flourishing biofuels industry will also create the foundation for a new high-value bio-manufacturing industry.

Biobased petrol mandate

The biobased petrol mandate requires that 3% of the total volume of regular unleaded petrol sales and ethanol blended fuel sales by liable retailers must be biobased petrol (ethanol).

For example, if 3 out of every 10 litres of regular petrol sold by a petrol station were E10, which contains 10% ethanol, that station would have met the mandate.

The ethanol mandate will increase to 4% after 18 months (from 1 July 2018).

Biobased diesel mandate

The biobased diesel mandate requires 0.5% of all diesel fuel sold to be biobased diesel.

E10 OK: information for motorists

As a Queensland motorist, you are still able to choose which fuel you use.

Information to help you support the biofuels mandate and understand fuel choices and biofuel options is available on the E10 OK website. You can also check if your vehicle is compatible with ethanol-blended E10 fuel.

Check if your vehicle is E10 OK

The E10 OK consumer education campaign will assist in the successful implementation of the mandate, which will help to grow Queensland’s biofuels industry.

Information for Queensland fuel sellers

Learn more about the fuel seller requirements including:

Government use of E10

The Queensland Government vehicle fleet is fueling up with E10 where practical to do so.

Read the retail fuel purchases policy (PDF, 211.2KB) to learn more.

Community and industry consultation

A wide-ranging consultation process was conducted to consider issues relating to a biofuels mandate.

A discussion paper, Towards a clean energy economy: achieving a biofuel mandate for Queensland (PDF, 1.0MB) was released in mid-2015 highlighting our vision for a biofuel mandate.

Biofutures

The biofuel and industrial biotechnology sector is emerging worldwide as a growing and increasingly valuable and viable industry. The Queensland Government is leading Australia's bio-economic revolution through the Advance Queensland Biofutures 10 year roadmap and action plan (PDF, 2.6MB).  

Learn more about Queensland Biofutures.

Last updated:
25 May 2017
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