Statoil—the Norwegian integrated oil and gas company and one of the world’s largest sellers of crude—recently began adding 5% biodiesel to all diesel sold at the group’s service stations in Sweden.
In total, the addition of the rapeseed methyl ester will replace 46 million liters (12.2 million gallons US) of diesel per year. Carbon emissions will therefore be reduced by 115,000 tonnes, equivalent to the emissions of 40,000 cars, according to the company.
The new B5 fuel is marketed under the name of Biodiesel 5 and will replace standard diesel sold at Statoil’s service stations and truck diesel facilities during the autumn.
The low rapeseed oil fuel mixture is the most effective way of increasing the use of renewable fuels while at the same time reducing carbon emissions. Statoil’s goal is to offer fuel with less of an environmental impact to reduce the greenhouse effect. We expect to add an increasingly larger amount of renewable content to our diesel in the future.—Bjarne Lindberg, product quality manager, Statoil Sweden