SAPPO: Proportion of bio-components in motor fuels rising

The proportion of bio-components in fuels is on the rise in Europe, including in Slovakia.

The proportion of bio-components in fuels is on the rise in Europe, including in Slovakia.

Milan Žigo, the chairman of the board of directors of the Slovak Petroleum Industry and Trade Association (SAPPO), told the TASR newswire that the currently-valid norm allows the addition of up to 5 percent of methylester to diesel. A new European norm will increase this proportion to 7 percent, however, with Slovakia set to adopt this norm as well. Austria and Germany will begin adding 7 percent of methylester to diesel as early as the end of this year, following approval from the car industry. There appears to be a limit to the increases, however.

"An increase of the proportion of methylester to 10 percent is a problematic move, and is viewed by petroleum companies and the car industry as highly improbable," said Žigo.

The use of bio-fuels on the Slovak motor-fuel market stood at 2.49 percent in 2007, while traditional fossil fuels continued to dominate. The minimum reference value for bio-fuels for 2009 has been increased to 3.4 percent of energy content.

The production of bio-fuels is partly to blame for recent increases in food prices, analyst Tomáš Novotný from Natankuj.sk told TASR, adding that most bio-fuels are produced from crops originally used for food. Novotný also said that bio-fuels weren't a suitable alternative to traditional fossil fuels because of the emissions created during their production and processing.

"According to some research studies, the conversion of land for growing crops for bio-fuels and their processing has a huge influence on the environment in terms of the creation of emissions," he said. He added that this negates one of the main arguments for the production of bio-fuels.

The use of bio-fuels on the Slovak motor-fuel market stood at 2.49 percent in 2007, while traditional fossil fuels continued to dominate. The minimum reference value for bio-fuels for 2009 has been increased to 3.4 percent of energy content. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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