The use of B20 biodiesel can improve air quality – Kok

The use of B20 biodiesel can improve air quality – Kok

The government is set to announce the introduction of B20 biodiesel today, and the fuel – which replaces B10 – will make its way in stages to over 3,400 petrol stations nationwide. The adoption of the blend, which consists of 20% palm methyl ester and 80% regular diesel fuel, could improve air quality especially in places with congested traffic like the Klang Valley, said primary industries minister Teresa Kok.

UPDATE: The government has officially launched the B20 biodiesel programme for the transportation sector. The blend was introduced in Langkawi and Labuan last month, and its availability will be expanded in stages starting in Sarawak in April and Sabah in August before eventually being rolled out across Peninsular Malaysia by June 2021.

She said that the use of B20 – and B7 for the industrial sector – will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 3.8 tonnes a year. “Scientific studies have proved that use of biodiesel can reduce GHG emissions. Biodiesel also has a higher cetane number. This can improve the engine’s performance and result in cleaner exhaust gas emissions,” she told Bernama.

She added that biodiesel – with its almost zero sulphur content – will also lower sulphur dioxide emissions to the atmosphere and thus the incidence of acid rain.

The use of B20 biodiesel can improve air quality – Kok

Field tests by the Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and comprehensive studies by Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) have shown that B20 is suitable for use in diesel engines. Kok said that the response to the move had been positive. “I do not see much problem with this B20 programme as the acceptance level is very high. Let us all help to reduce carbon in the atmosphere,” she stressed.

Malaysia began utilising biodiesel via a B5 programme for the transport sector in June 2011, and the fuel was then sold nationwide in July 2014. The B7 programme began in December 2014, while the switch to B10 was announced in June 2016. The use of B10 for the transport sector became mandatory in February 2019, while B7 use for industrial applications was made mandatory on July 1, 2019.

Kok added that oil companies are actively upgrading their depots to enable them to accommodate up to B30 biodiesel. “Who knows maybe one day we might upgrade to B30, so we should do it now. But because we are doing things in phases, we start with the states that do not require many changes such as Langkawi, followed by Labuan, Sarawak, Sabah and subsequently in Peninsular Malaysia,” she said.

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  • Ksatria on Feb 20, 2020 at 10:14 am

    High gred palm oil , B20 biodiesel. syabas!

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  • lilytan on Feb 20, 2020 at 10:27 am

    And yet the emission from palm oil factories worsen air quality. Imagine that with added demand from biodiesel.

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  • Bieight on Feb 20, 2020 at 10:45 am

    If the government is serious in trying to improve air pollution then make EV tax free and improve charging infrastructure

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    • Alfaiz Harun Brisli on Feb 20, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      you forgotten where does electricity generated from? electricity from the sky?
      Mostly from fossil gas combustion plants and balance from couples of hydro plants.
      Yet none from clean energy solar plant or nuclear plant.

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  • Unknown on Feb 20, 2020 at 10:47 am

    By killing diesel engines at the same time, rendering the vehicle useless and so the owners have to ditch using diesel vehicles. Well played Kok. Well played on the rakyat.

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  • Euro 5 diesel set to be implemented in September 2020. Is it on schedule?

    Current Euro 2 diesel causes more pollution. Don’t delay the implementation of Euro 5 diesel again!

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  • Engineer on Feb 20, 2020 at 11:15 am

    More BS talk from this inept minister. She totally gave up defending against the palm oil ban in EU, and screwed up so much India has decided to join the ban-wagon. Our traditional buyer, Russia, has access to Indon palm oil so they aren’t pressed for this commodity anymore and that left China which are facing a slowdown.

    She isn’t performing and now gives silly excuses for us to raise consumption of palm oil because she failed badly as our most prominent salesperson. In most companies, she would’ve been sacked instead of right now giving more silly excuses. Seriously, are they any ministers in PH that can really perform??? Anyone???

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  • Ksatria on Feb 20, 2020 at 12:42 pm


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  • vivizurianti on Feb 20, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Syukur x1000. Lesser pollution and support local palm oil in Malaysia.

    Wait, PDRM pulak supported Toyota. Didnt support Barang Malaysia. How???

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  • 2020 or 1980? on Feb 20, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    BS talk about B20 helping the environment… how about first banning all of those ancient Mercedes lorries with wooden doors (or even no doors) that are pumping out tons of thick black smoke just to move 10m down the road.

    Be honest: this isn’t about helping the environment, it’s about helping the palm industry. If it was really about environment, there could be easier things to do first like banning 30, 40, 50 year old lorries

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  • Chee Chah on Feb 21, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Pok Pek Pok Pek! Take care of your constituency la…pot holes the size of meteorite craters (OUG, Happy Garden), you think those palm oil boys going to vote you??? We put your there you know……

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