German oilseed council demands B30 approval in EN 590 diesel spec

By Ron Kotrba | April 06, 2011

The German oilseed council UFOP is demanding approval of 30 percent methyl ester biodiesel for commercial vehicles in the EN 590 diesel specification, an aggressive jump from the 7 percent allowance today.

The council issued this demand after Coburg College’s fleet project, “Diesel regenerative,” was presented to government officials, including State Secretary Rainer Bomba, Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Urban Development, and State Secretary Melanie Huml, Bavarian State Ministry for Environment and Health. The project is testing hydrogenated renewable diesel from vegetable oil in two car fleets, using a mix of 93 percent renewable diesel and 7 percent methyl ester biodiesel.

“B30 with 30 percent biodiesel should be made possible by an amendment of the present diesel norm EN 590,” UFOP states. “It's necessary, therefore, to make rapid progress and complete the standardization activities initiated on European level.”

The council continued, stating, “Plants producing totally approximately 4.9 million tons (1.47 billion gallons) of biodiesel in Germany could profit from such a regulation. The recent announcement by Biopetrol of shutting down the production facility with 150,000 tons of capacity in Schwarzheide underlines that action is needed urgently so that the window for the sale of biodiesel could be opened wider.” 

The implementation of these proposals, according to UFOP, yields a number of benefits:

1. The supply situation in the undersupplied diesel market would improve.

2. Competition for meeting the B30 proportion opens a new sales perspective equally for biodiesel and renewable diesel producers.

3. The tax exemption can be paid back by companies in the petroleum oil industry or the biofuel industry to enable them to credit the appropriate quantity to the quota obligation, or generate tradable quota.

4. The focus of the use of B30 on the commercials sector is on a user group that is already familiar with alternative fuels (B100) and which would take advantage of an economically reasonable cost advantage.

UFOP expects that these proposals will be an impetus to open biodiesel and renewable diesel producers’ prospects of selling their products, ultimately giving a “new lease of life” to the discussion of the “Biofuels Roadmap” in Germany. UFOP also sees the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Urban Development as obligated to adopt the measure.

“Politics always refers to the so called second-generation biofuels as an excuse to avoid the discussion of the potential ways of action that already exist,” stated UFOP.  


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