THE national B20 biodiesel programme for the transport sector in Malaysia — which was initially postponed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic — has recommenced to speed up the uptake of biodiesel.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said the programme is expected to see petrol stations in the country retailing the green fuel beginning January 1 and June 15, 2021, respectively.
He said the B20 biodiesel is already available in Sarawak.
He said: “I have made the readjustment for the B20 biodiesel programme’s rollout for the transportation sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The programme is a proactive measure by the government to encourage the usage of palm oil in the country as the domestic consumption of biodiesel is expected to increase by 534,000 tonnes annually.”
The minister added that the B20 biodiesel programme will require about 1.06 million tonnes of palm oil to serve the local consumption. At the same time, it is also expected to reduce some 3.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in the greenhouse gas emission.
Malaysia expanded the green fuel programme from B10 to B20 earlier this year as part of an aim to increase the production of biodiesel to provide security for the palm oil sector, as well as reduce fuel.
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