Estonia Mandates Biofuel Blending

Estonia's Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure recently submitted a bill amending the Liquid Fuel Act, which would require fuel suppliers to add biofuels to their fuel. Estonia will be the last EU member state to mandate blending.

The bill states that by May 2017, fuel released for consumption must contain at least 3.3% biofuel by volume. This percentage will increase to 6.4 by 2018, to 8% by 2019 and to 10% by 2020. In 2015, only 0.2% of transport fuel used in Estonia was produced from renewable sources.

The requirement comes from the European Parliament's Renewable Energy Directive, which requires all EU countries to ensure at least 10% percent of their transport fuels come from renewable sources by 2020. Latvia and Lithuania have both already reached five percent of their fuels coming from renewable sources, while Finland has already exceeded the 10% mark.


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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