In a speech on 15 May, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin announced, among other energy initiatives, a push to increase the blending of biofuels in petroleum-based fuels in France to 10% by 2015. The European Union has set an overall goal of increasing the use of biofuels in energy consumption to 5.75% by 2010.
The French government has initiated two invitations to tender since 2005 to support the building of 16 new biofuels plants, representing €2 billion (US$2.6 billion) of investment, according to the Prime Minister.
Finally, we are resolved to go further in the matter of the use of green fuels. I am fixed on a clear objective: by the end of the decade, each French person who wishes it should be able to use a vehicle that can consume high biofuels blends.
That concerns two types of vehicles: gasoline vehicles should be able to consume almost pure ethanol or diesel vehicles should be able to integrate high levels of biodiesel.
From this perspective, each French person must be able to have access to a veritable network of green pumps. I observe that this possibility is already a reality in a number of countries in the world, notably in Brazil and in Sweden.—Dominique de Villepin
The Prime Minister has requested an action plan from his Ministers to be presented by the summer that will bring together car manufacturers, oil distributors, farmers and consumers. Fleet trials are to begin by the end of the year.
The government will also begin incorporating flex-fuel vehicles and fuels with higher biofuel blends into its fleets.