Exciting new era for biofuels

Published Thursday, 04 June, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy and Water Supply
The Honourable Mark Bailey

The Palaszczuk Government has released a Discussion Paper outlining plans for an ethanol mandate to grow the biofuels and bio-manufacturing industries and create more jobs in Queensland.

Energy Minister Mark Bailey told State Parliament the economic and environmental benefits of ethanol are recognised world-wide.

“We want Queensland to be part of this sustainable energy solution. We will work closely with industry on the amount of the mandate so that it grows in line with production capacity.

“Importantly, we want local industries to capture the market share to ensure that any ethanol sold in Queensland comes from Queensland. There’s also an opportunity to boost the use of biofuels like biodiesel blends to take advantage of the growing demand for diesel.”

There are several bio plants on the drawing board in Queensland, including two plants in development, and strong interest from the private sector to explore opportunities.

A joint Deloitte Access Economics/QUT study predicts bio-refining in all its forms could contribute more than $1.8 billion in gross state product to Queensland and create up to 6,640 jobs over the next 20 years.

The Palaszczuk Government will hold regional forums across the state to encourage industry, key stakeholders and the community to have their say about the ethanol mandate.

“By working together, we can all help shape the future of this exciting and growing industry.

“Our consultation will explore consumer protections and consumer education about the benefits of E10. Importantly, regular unleaded petrol will still be available at petrol stations in Queensland. This means, if drivers don’t want to use ethanol fuels, they won’t have to,” Minister Bailey said.

A Bill will be introduced into Parliament to set the framework for the mandate.

“We will work closely with all Members of Parliament to seek their support in passing this important legislation. Early feedback from the RACQ, the Canegrowers and the Australian Sugar Milling Association has been encouraging.

“I look forward to working with industry, stakeholders and the community as we embark on what is shaping up to be an exciting new era in biofuel technology,” he said.

More information is available at:www.dews.qld.gov.au


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