For several years, the Irish State has prescribed that a certain volume of motor fuels (gasoline and motor diesel) be produced from renewable sources. In 2017, that percentage rose to 8.695%. The State has now asked the oil industry for its views on raising the percentage of such biofuels even further in January 2019 and January 2020. The fact is that – in a climate such as Ireland’s – a move to the proposed 12% would pose risks to vehicles. Such difficulties and concerns include: –

  • the risk of vehicle breakdowns and disruptions caused by such fuels blocking engine filters in cold weather and other damage to engines caused by high ethanol blends;
  • security of supply of the required biofuel materials;
  • additional costs to consumers.

Despite these negative consequences for motorists, the State is considering raising the percentage of biofuels still further.

The oil industry has raised these concerns with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and also the National Oil Reserve Agency. These concerns are set out in greater detail in the linked PDF below.