A biofuel mandate is a step towards growing our biofuel and bio-manufacturing industries. It will provide 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.
The Liquid Fuel Supply (Ethanol and Other Biofuels Mandate) Amendment Act 2015 was passed on 1 December 2015. It requires the fuel industry to meet targets for the sale of biobased petrol, such as E10 which is an ethanol-blended petrol, and biobased diesel.
The mandate sets minimum requirements for the sale of ethanol-blended regular unleaded petrol and biobased diesel. The biobased petrol mandate will apply separately to the bio-based diesel mandate. The government's intention is that both will start on 1 January 2017.
Queensland motorists will still be able to choose the fuel that they wish to use in their engine.
The biobased petrol mandate requires that 3% of the total volume of regular unleaded petrol sales and ethanol blended fuel sales must be biobased petrol (ethanol). For example this means that if a petrol station sold 3 litres of E10 for every 7 litres of regular unleaded petrol then it would have met the mandate.
The amending Act also provides that the ethanol mandate will increase to 4% after 18 months (from 1 July 2018).
Learn more about biobased petrol.
The biobased diesel mandate requires 0.5% of all diesel fuel sold to be biobased diesel.
Learn more about biobased diesel.
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 earlier in the year highlighting our vision for a biofuel mandate.