28th March 2007
M. Bernard Chaud, a French agriculture ministry official, has told the
Reuters news agency that his government has notified the European
Commission that it is working on raising the maximum percentage of
bio-fuel in bio-diesel to 7% from the current 5%, in order to help
achieve the country's total biofuels usage targets of 5.75% by 2008 and
7% by 2010.
Because biofuels have a lower calorific value than their fossil
equivalents, the volume of biofuel sold will need to amount to 6.6% of
all fuels to reach 5.75% in calorific value.
France is the second biggest European biodiesel producer after Germany.
Such a move to raise renewables content in bio-diesel could help revive
both countries' biofuel refiners' prospects; their installed capacity
has been under-used, in particular since Germany recently increased tax
Diesel currently sold in French service stations contains nearly 4%
biodiesel by volume, often without consumers being aware of it,
according to yesterday's Planet Ark/Reuters report.