Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

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
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Slovak women scientists prove that science is not just for men

I grew up with the conviction that science belongs to men, said one awarded Slovak scientist.

Mariana Derzsi and Andrea Straková Fedorková

Five years after the Moldava raid, the victims have turned into perpetrators

June 19 marks the fifth anniversary of the brutal and much-discussed raid in the Roma settlement; and it points to five of those beaten being charged with perjury.

Moldava nad Bodvou

The UK is not cutting off its own hand, it is holding it out

It is not rational to behave towards the UK as if it posed a security risk to the EU.

Illustrative stock photo

Welcome to Slovakia?

Following Henry Acorda’s horrific killing, businesses need to stand up.

June 8 gathering in Bratislava