Biofuels still pushing for B5 in diesel
The Philippine Biodiesel Association (TPBA) are still proposing to increase the percentage of biodiesel component blended in locally available diesel to 5 percent (B5) by 2021 from the current level of 2 percent.
The group, which is comprised of 11 companies, is even willing to accept a gradual adjustment—up to 3 percent (B3) by end of 2019 to 4 percent (B4) by 2020 and eventually to B5 by 2021.
Blending coconut methyl ester (CME) in local diesel started in 2007 upon the implementation of Republic Act No. 9367 or the Biofuels Act of 2006.
On the first year of the law, diesel was blended with 1 percent CME. It was doubled to 2 percent in 2007 and has remained at that level since.
“The Philippines was the pioneer in Southeast Asia in blending biodiesel. But, when Indonesia and Malaysia followed suit, they immediately jumped to 5 percent using palm-biodiesel. Indonesia is already considering increasing that level to 30 percent. Why are we getting left behind,” said TPBA Spokesperson Dean Lao Jr.
According to Department of Energy (DOE) adviser, Rafael S. Diaz, Malaysia and Indonesia currently have an oversupply of palm oil, hence the increase in their use of palm-biodiesel.
He said the Philippines can do the same with the oversupply of coconut oil.