the mixture of biodiesel at the Brazil should grow again, following the schedule of a government resolution, to stay above the current 10% defined by the administration of Jair Bolsonaroindicated this Thursday a member of the transition team.
Last Monday, the National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) decided to maintain the current blend of 10% biodiesel in diesel until March.
This 10% percentage was in force during 2022 due to raw material price issues after a break in the soybean harvest, although the program schedule indicated 14% for most of this year.
According to Senator Jean Paul Prates (PT-RN), from the transition team, the 10% mix established by the current government will be evaluated in the first 90 days of the new government, and an increase in the “mix” could happen even before the end of March.
“Up to 90 days, which does not mean that it is 90 days, it can happen at 60 days, at 65 days…”, he told journalists.
The reaffirmation by the government of the 10% blend, which means less biodiesel production than industry prepared to manufacture, infuriated the sector, which had 14% in January and February and 15% as of March, according to the previous resolution of the CNPE, from 2018.
“In the 90 days, this is discussed”, said Prates, when asked about B14 and B15. “Probably going back to mix growth scale.”
He also commented on an orientation from the CNPE for the admission of other technological routes to integrate the biodiesel mixture, such as HBIO, or R5 diesel from Petrobras 🇧🇷PETR4), obtained by co-processing diesel with vegetable oil.
“What we don’t want is to eventually have HBIO, I think we can discuss both things, HBIO staying and the growth horizon (of biodiesel) going back to the staggered schedule”, he added.
The admission of new routes, as well as the lower blending, infuriated the biodiesel sector, which said it trusted the new government to reverse the CNPE’s decisions.
The president of the Abiove association, André Nassar, said that he was worried about the direction of the biodiesel policy, but that now he is “more relaxed”.
“I think the issue of biodiesel in the transitional government, they have a good perception. It’s not a subject they don’t know about, they’re not interested. On the contrary,” he pointed out.
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