Czech FAME use soars, further boost likely from biofuel vote

09 April 2010 17:35  [Source: ICIS news]

PRAGUE (ICIS news)--Consumption of biodiesel component fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) in the Czech Republic grew by more than 60% year on year to nearly 141,262 tonnes in 2009, the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade said on Friday.

Domestic production more than doubled to 154,923 tonnes, the ministry added.

The increased FAME consumption was driven by a legal change that meant the obligatory biodiesel component in diesel rose from 2% to 4.5% last year.

The Czech Senate is due to vote on a further legislative adjustments that would see the amount raised to 6% from June.

In line with EU biofuel directives, the Czech Republic has pledged to ensure that at least 5.75% of all transportation fuels - including diesel and petrol - sold in 2010 are made up of biofuel component.

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