The implementation of B10 biodiesel in the country for transport sector is finally set to kick off in less than a month’s time on December 1, according to Reuters.

The news agency reported that the programme will be introduced in stages starting in Johor, while B7 biodiesel for the industrial sector will also be rolled out nationwide on the same date. The impending move was stated in an email sent out by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board to industry players.

Exempted from the mandate are petrol stations selling Euro 5 diesel, as well as sensitive industrial machinery not suited for biodiesel; however, the latter requires “technical justification” from the machine manufacturer.

The full implementation of B10 biodiesel is expected to make use of 750,000 tonnes of palm oil each year, said Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong in August. The government was initially slated to introduce the fuel in June, but shelved it after it emerged there was inadequate data that the fuel was compliant with carmakers’ specifications.

We’ve reached out to a BMW Malaysia spokesperson, who responded with a statement recommending its customers to use Euro 5 diesel, which remains on the B7 blend. “BMW Malaysia is recommending all users of its diesel vehicles to utilise Euro 5 diesel, available at many BHPetrol and Shell stations and a growing number of Petronas and Petron stations. Our engines work better with Euro 5 diesel,” he said.