01 May 2010

The impact of biodiesel on vehicle performance

The use of bio-derived blending components in road fuels is increasing around the world as a result of legislative initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels, and support agriculture.

Within the European Union, the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC), passed by the European Parliament in 2008, will require transport fuels to contain 10% of renewable products (calculated on an energy basis) by 2020. The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is already working to change the market fuel specifications in order to enable this mandate.

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