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Biofuels Developments in Australia

Submitted by on September 30, 2016 – 2:48 pmNo Comment

by Susan van Dyk and Stephen Schuck (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 and Bioenergy Australia)  …  While Australia has large energy resources, it is a net importer of crude oil and refined petroleum products. In
2013, net product imports were 325,000 bbl/d, according to the Australia Bureau of Statistics data (US EIA).

Alternative transport fuels accounted for 5 percent of energy consumption in 2012–13, comprising liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) (2.7 percent), natural gas (1.6 percent) and biofuels (0.6 percent) (USDA, 2015).

In some circles there is great optimism for the growth of biofuels following on the UNFCCC COP21 agreement reached in Paris in December 2015 (Read more).

In 2015, annual biofuels production in Australia was estimated to be 330 million litres, divided between 265 million litres of ethanol and 65 million litres of biodiesel (USDA, 2015). This represents less than one percent of Australia’s total liquid fuels consumption.

The Federal Government’s objective is to allow consumers access to the broadest possible range of transport fuels at the lowest price. Consequently the government has no specific consumption targets for biofuels or other fuels. However, in recognition of the potential benefits of biofuels, the government’s policy is to discount the excise rate on ethanol and biodiesel fuels by 50 percent. Transitional arrangements from zero effective excise rate commenced on 1 July 2015. For ethanol, excise rates will continue to increase until July 1 2020 when they reach 32.77 percent of the petrol excise rate. For biodiesel, excise rates will continue to increase until July 1 2030 when they reach 50 percent of the diesel excise rate.  READ MORE

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