B7 won’t harm cars, health - German biofuels group

15 April 2008 16:49  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Increasing biodiesel blending to 7% from 5% will not harm car engines or pose health risks, German biofuels producers group VDB said on Tuesday.


VDB was responding to claims raised in a German parliamentary expert hearing last week that B7 would harm engines and pose a higher cancer risk.


Multi-year studies proved B7 was safe, VDB said, adding that blending of up to 5% biodiesel content had not resulted in any harmful impact.


In particular, B7 would not damage diesel particulate filters, it said.


Earlier this month, Germany scrapped plans to introduce 10% ethanol blending (E10) due to fears it could harm the engines of an estimated 3m existing cars.


The UK on Tuesday put into effect its renewable transport fuels obligation (RTFO). The RFTO requires 2.5% biofuel content in all road fuels sold, set to be raised to 5% by 2010.


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