Bangladesh to allow 5% ethanol blend

The legislation will allow the use of ethanol with conventional fuels, but does not mandate production levels.

Local outlets are reporting that the government is allowing a 5% blend of bioethanol with octane and gasoline. According to them, the government is responding to interest from producers to set up the plants.

Plant owners will have to get government permission before producing ethanol, and all produce is to be sent to the state-run Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation.

It is unclear whether or not feedstock will be sourced solely from waste. Reuters has previously reported that government officials raised concerns about the plan’s effects on food supply, and questioned whether the plan was even necessary considering Bangladesh’s negligible contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions.

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