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Arctic diesel fuel with no biofuel admixture will be allowed to be sold only in winter

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFrom 2018 onward it will be allowed to sell arctic diesel fuel with no biofuel admixture only during the winter period, BNN was informed by Economy Ministry.

Economy Ministry has prepared and submitted amendments to Cab. Reg. No. 332 – Conformity Assessment of Petrol, clearly defining the period of time (1 April – 31 October) when diesel fuel will have to be sold with biofuel admixture. It is planned that this regulation will come into force in 2018.

As it is known, the Cabinet of Ministers reviewed Economy Ministry’s conceptual report On use of renewable energy resources in the transport sector on 4 July. This document analysed solutions for achieving AER 10% goal and sorting out the established legislative rules.

Diesel fuel used in arctic and seer winter weather conditions is one exception in Latvia’s legislation when it comes to mandatory biofuel admixture use. But the period when arctic diesel fuel is restricted to be sold is currently not limited. In addition, there is no fuel quality control. This means traders can freely sell arctic diesel fuel all year round.

Unfortunately, the current situation goes against our country’s goal to increase the ratio of renewable resources used in transports and creates a situation in which the total consumed volume of biofuel in Latvia declines, EM explains.

Considering this situation, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to amend several rules to ensure that arctic diesel fuel would only be allowed to be sold from 1 April to 31 October if it has biofuel mixture of 4.5-5%.

«It is important to state that the application of a mandatory admixture of biofuel will only apply to traders who sell diesel fuel in free circulation by supplying it to excise goods warehouses or sell them from wholesale warehouses,» the ministry notes.

The new order will not apply to retail traders. This will avoid situations when they are forced to pump out all arctic diesel fuel from their stations immediately after the end of the winter period.

The proposed rules also state that it will be allowed to release paraffinic vegetable diesel produced using hydro-purification technique on the free market (assisting with the resolution of European Union’s pilot project Nr. 6948/14/ENER).


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