Vol. 8 No. 403
Sunday, June 3, 2012
   
  Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines



“Bio-fuel mix does not destroy engines” - DOE

TAGBILARAN CITY– The Department of Energy (DOE) shrugs off accusations that the country’s introduction of biofuel blends in car fuel is causing engine deterioration.

Picking up the allegations from high end car manufacturers and car owners who complained of fast wear and tear in vehicles using bio-diesel and bioethanol blends, Renewable Energy Management Bureau Director Mario Marasigan dared the detractors: show us your studies.

“You can not just cast accusations without showing proof of your allegations,” Director Marasigan directed his strongly worded statement to non adoptors of the blended fuels, during the recently concluded Information Education Communication Planning Workshop of the National Bio Fuel Board held last May 21 to 25, at the Bohol Tropics Resort here in Tagbilaran City.

The REMB director also pointed out that since the introduction of the alternative fuel blends in diesel and gasoline in 2007, “five years have lapsed and even the old taxis, which are more prone to the “effects”, if there are, are still running.”

“Besides, we have the Philippine National Standards (PNS) testing and certifying the suitability of the fuel blends and the entire mix for brand new cars and old or used vehicles, and there have not been any industry repercussions,” the bespectacled Marasigan explained.

“Of course, we have high-end manufacturers who refuse to use biofuel blended diesel or gasoline for their vehicles, but what we know is that the international association of car manufacturers have green lighted the vehicle’s adaptability to bio-fuels, even without the necessary engine modification.

Since passing the Biofuel Act of 2006, the law has mandated adding 1% to 2% biodiesel to diesel fuels in pumps all over the country in the first two years after the effectivity of the law.

The same also mandates that the blend would be gradually increased to 5% in 2016.

For gasoline, since passing the law, the DOE has regularly spot checked gasoline stations to monitor compliance of the 10% bioethanol content supposedly present in gasoline.

The law is in response to the need to wean the country form expensive imported fossil fuel and map the country’s direction in developing, testing and promoting the bio-fuels as indigenous sourced energy resource.

Blending bio-fuels to diesel or gasoline reduces the amount of diesel or gasoline used, while producing the same performance from the car’s engines.

The over-all plan is to make the country buy lesser fossil fuel by 2030, DOE’s Undersecretary Jose Layug Jr. shared.

By that time, the country’s biofuel industry would be making available 85% biofuel blends in gasoline and 20% blend in diesel, which should be substantial.

Aside from being called indigenous fuel source, biofuels are also good for the environment as it causes lesser gas emissions aggravating climate change.

Biofuels sourced out from biomass also tends to help farmers earn more income as instead of discarding farm wastes, these can be used for the bio-fuel process, thus alleviating them economically, representatives from the Philippine Coconut Authority and the Sugar Regulations Authority add. (RAC)


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