Queensland’s Energy Minister Mark Bailey released a Discussion Paper for an ethanol mandate “to grow the biofuels and bio-manufacturing industries and create more jobs” in the state.
According to the Minister’s statement, the Palaszczuk Government will hold regional forums across the state to seek feedback on the proposal for an ethanol mandate.
“We want Queensland to be part of this sustainable energy solution. We will work closely with industry on the amount of the mandate so that it grows in line with production capacity,” the Minister said.
“Importantly, we want local industries to capture the market share to ensure that any ethanol sold in Queensland comes from Queensland. There’s also an opportunity to boost the use of biofuels like biodiesel blends to take advantage of the growing demand for diesel.”
He said a joint Deloitte Access Economics/QUT study predicted bio-refining “in all its forms” could contribute more than $1.8 billion in gross state product to Queensland and create up to 6,640 jobs over the next 20 years.
“By working together, we can all help shape the future of this exciting and growing industry. Our consultation will explore consumer protections and consumer education about the benefits of E10. Importantly, regular unleaded petrol will still be available at petrol stations in Queensland. This means, if drivers don’t want to use ethanol fuels, they won’t have to,” Minister Bailey said.
“We will work closely with all Members of Parliament to seek their support in passing this important legislation. Early feedback from the RACQ, the Canegrowers and the Australian Sugar Milling Association has been encouraging. I look forward to working with industry, stakeholders and the community as we embark on what is shaping up to be an exciting new era in biofuel technology.”
For further information, go to www.dews.qld.gov.au