Malaysia is set to implement the B7 biodiesel programme for the subsidised sector next month – this will replace the current B5 biodiesel. The programme is set to begin in the Peninsular, with East Malaysia to follow on in December, according to Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas.

A projected saving of 667.6 million litres of diesel is expected as a result of increased biodiesel consumption – 575,000 tonnes of it, to be exact. The blend consists of a ratio measuring 7% palm biodiesel and 93% petroleum diesel. No changes to the price, which stays at RM2.20 per litre.

The move was approved on October 17, with several petroleum firms, the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association, the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) and other relevant parties being involved in discussions with the government leading up to the implementation.

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“Based on the consultations, there are no significant issues involved in implementation of the B7 programme,” Douglas told Bernama. The move aims to place the nation on par with neighbouring countries like Thailand and Indonesia, which already sells B7 and B7.5 biodiesel in their respective markets.

Currently, B5 biodiesel is being sold with the product having been introduced nationwide in stages – first becoming available to the general public back in 2011. Six stations in Putrajaya were the first to sell it, with other stations across the Peninsular following suit and East Malaysia capping things off.