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Administered by: Environment
Published Date 12 Oct 2015

ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY, ASSESSMENTS (NSW, ACT) AND FUEL BRANCH,

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

NOTICE UNDER SECTION 17A OF THE FUEL QUALITY STANDARDS ACT 2000 CONCERNING A DECISION UNDER SECTION 13 OF THAT ACT FOR AN APPROVAL FOR A VARIATION OF THE FUEL STANDARD (AUTOMOTIVE DIESEL) DETERMINATION 2001

I, Dane Roberts, Acting Assistant Secretary, Assessments (NSW, ACT) and Fuel Branch, delegate of the Minister for the Environment, provide the following information concerning my decision to grant an approval under section 13 of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000.

Name of approval holder

Petro National Pty Ltd

Period of operation

The period of operation is from the date of the approval until 30 June 2016.

Details of the approval

This approval varies the fuel standard for automotive diesel set out in the Fuel Standard (Automotive Diesel) Determination 2001 (the Diesel Determination) so that automotive diesel containing more than five per cent volume by volume biodiesel but not more than 20 per cent volume by volume biodiesel (B20) will be taken to comply with the biodiesel parameter specified in the Diesel Determination.

This approval applies to fuel supplied by the approval holder and the regulated persons specified in Annexure 1.

This approval is granted subject to the conditions specified in section 17 of the Act and the conditions specified in Annexure 2 of the approval instrument.

Summary of reasons for the approval

I grant the approval as provided for in section 15 of the Act for the following reasons:        

(a)     The protection of the environment

Tailpipe emissions from diesel biodiesel blend use, compared to diesel, will have both positive and negative impacts on air quality as the level of biodiesel in the blend increases. In general, emissions of nitrogen oxides increase but particulate matter, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions all decrease.

 (b)    The protection of occupational and public health and safety

In terms of safety data, diesel with a biodiesel content of up to 20 per cent has been shown to be similar to diesel. Its impact on occupational and public health and safety should be no greater than diesel already supplied to the market.

 (c)    The interests of consumers

Fuel dispensers will be clearly labelled to advise consumers that the diesel contains biodiesel and the percentage, more than five per cent volume by volume but not more than 20 per cent volume by volume. Any potential warranty issues for vehicles will, therefore, be addressed.

 (d)    The impact on economic and regional development

As the level of biodiesel allowed in diesel has been capped at five per cent, the industry cannot legally supply blends higher than five per cent and represent the fuel as diesel. This results in a barrier to the development of an alternative fuels market in Australia. If such approvals are not granted, the restriction of blend levels could have a negative effect on the development of the Australian biodiesel industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dane Roberts

Acting Assistant Secretary

9  October 2015