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Comment Sought on Mandatory Blending of Biofuels with Petrol and Diesel Regulations

April 1, 2021

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

Draft Amendment Regulations Regarding the Mandatory Blending of Biofuels with Petrol and Diesel have been published for comment.

The mineral resources and energy department published the Draft Regulations in Government Gazette 44362 in terms of the Petroleum Products Act.

A new definition on bio-ethanol is proposed.

It stipulates that “bio-ethanol means ethanol derived from plant material (including crops, agricultural and forestry residues), animal residues, industrial and domestic/municipal waste as well as other organic and/or renewable resources. The ethanol must conform to the relevant South African National Standard”.

A proposed new definition on “biodiesel” means a “renewable fuel or fuel component derived from plant material (including crops, agricultural and forestry residues), animal residues, industrial and domestic/municipal waste as well as other organic and/or renewable resources such as algae. This renewable fuel or fuel component must conform to the relevant South African National Standard”.

Reference to “products” is also proposed to be inserted into section 3 on Purchase and Mandatory Blending of Biofuels.

In Gazette 44363, the department published Draft Regulations Regarding Petroleum Products Specifications and Standards for comment.

The Draft Regulations set out the specifications and standards for petroleum products that may be sold for consumption in South Africa.

They focus on permitted petrol grades; sale of petrol; permitted diesel grades; prohibition of certain activities; inspection and testing of petroleum products; labelling specification for petroleum products and records.

The plan is for the Regulations, once approved, to come into effect five years after publication.

Comment on both sets of Draft Regulations is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.