|B30 C4. Click to enlarge.
Citroën is now running its UK Head Office-based diesel cars and vans, including all those used by the media, on a 30% biodiesel blend. The B30 blend can be used in all current Citroën diesel vehicles without any modifications.
The promotion of a B30 blend comes at a time when the EU is pressing hard for increased production of plant-derived products. Brussels has tasked the motor and oil industries with collectively reducing CO2 emissions to 120g/km by 2012, compared to the current average of 160g/km. Meanwhile, the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation is targeting sales of biofuels to account for 5% of all fuel by 2010—a twenty-fold increase over today’s sales.
Citroën is sourcing the 30% biodiesel from Total. Citroën estimates that the use of B30 will reduce net CO2 emissions by about 20%.
Citroën offers a full diesel range in the UK, with the 1.4 HDi Citroën C1 tying with the Toyota Aygo as the most fuel-efficient diesel offered in the UK, according to figures from the UK government, with combined fuel consumption of 4.1 liters/100km (57 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 109 g/km.