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Brazil May Accelerate B5 Mandate from 2013 to 2010

Brazil is evaluating the possibility of accelerating the implementation of a mandated B5 biodiesel blend (5% biodiesel) from 2013 to 2010. A transition to a B2 blend is targeted for 2008.

Each percentage point of a biodiesel mix will save Brazil roughly the equivalent of US $140 million per year on its import bill, according to Roberto Ardenghy, the supply chief of the National Petroleum Agency (ANP).

While Brazil is a net oil exporter, the country still imports roughly 2 billion liters (528 million gallons US) of diesel to meet its fuel needs.

I don’t see the necessity of waiting that long [until 2013] for B5, once the quality standards that are demanded are met.

—Maria das Gracas Foster, President Petrobras Distribuidora

Brazil produces most of its biodiesel from soybean oil. Petrobras currently offers biodiesel at 500 of its filling stations and plans to sell it in 7,000 stations by 2007.

In parallel with its conventional biodiesel efforts, Petrobras has developed a hydrogenation process—H-Bio—to produce a high-quality diesel using vegetable oil as an input in a refining process. (Earlier post.)


Max Reid

Good move, Brazil started Ethanol program in 2003 and by 2005, 50 % of their vehicles are Flex fueled and 29,000 of the 34,000 stations offered the fuel.

Hope they repeat the same with Bio-Diesel.

allen Z

Max Reid,
With biodiesel, they would either:
a) as an addative for diesel, plant oil palms (600 ga/acre). This would suffice for B5, and maybe even B20.
b) To go all out, as in replace the majority of mineral diesel and perhaps export some as well, large scale algae oil/biomass production would be the only choice. For production on this scale not to further harm Brazil's remaining rain forests would require much investment in money, time, people, land and political capital.
___However, Brazil is going to develop and will have a 250+ million people. It may rise to a status of great power alongside India, and the PRC, and will need sensible policies pertaining to energy consumption, efficiency, producutivity and production.
___Geopolitically, Brazil, South Africa, and India are the regional/continent allies of the US in the future. South Africa may also create a regional loose federation, like the EU, with member states all former British Colonies (possibly along with British Commonwealth member Mozambique and maybe even Madagascar). It could reach into the Rift Valley and East Africa, and may include former West African British colonial territories in the long run. With all this space, they may finally fix some of the problems due to.....inconsiderate map drawing, to say the least.
___They will (most of Africa) need resources (esp energy so they do not destroy their forests, soils, watersheds and rivers) to power their climb out of the bottom and towards the future. Population, and disease control are a must too. Just look at population growth projections for Africa, the grim toll of AIDS, as well as ravaging tropical diseases.


This is not necessarily good news. Soybean production also comes at a price, they are cutting down rainforest to make place for more soybean fields.


Cattle ranchers and soybean farmers will destroy four-tenths of Brazil's Amazonian forest by 2050 on present trends, threatening biodiversity and adding hugely to the global warming problem, a study says.
Trees and vegetation that have been chopped down will, through decay or burning, surrender their stock of carbon dioxide (CO2)
Eventually, between 25-40 bln tonnes of CO2 will be released to the atmosphere from the 40 pct forest loss, the researchers warn. By comparison, annual global emissions of CO2, mainly from burning oil, gas and coal, are around 7 bln tonnes.

Conservation, public transport, solar and wind power for electric vehicles, these are in my opinion real solutions. Agriculture should feed people, not SUVs.

Mark R. W. Jr.

Brazil has an idea. The USA should follow. Besides soybeans, we could use SVO or even WVO from the many fast food chains to help produce biodiesel/biodiesel blends.


Can ethanol replace methanol in BioD transesterin?


In that tropical climate surely soybeans are not the best feedstock. And try not to decimate the Amazon while your at it.


The rainforests of Brazil are not suitable for soybean or sugar cane crops. The deforestation of those areas are related with the wood industry and the raise of cattle.

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