By Precy Faustino-Lazaro
THE Philippine Biodiesel Association (TPBA) has proposed to increase the percentage of the biodiesel component blended in locally available diesel to 5 percent by 2021 from the current level of 2 percent. Blending coco biodiesel or coconut methyl ester (CME) in local diesel started in 2007 upon the implementation of Republic Act No. 9367 or the Biofuels Act of 2006. On the first year of the law, diesel was blended with 1 percent CME. It was increased to 2 percent in 2007 and has remained at that level since. “The Philippines was the pioneer in Southeast Asia in blending biodiesel, but when Indonesia and Malaysia followed suit, they immediately jumped to 5 percent using palm biodiesel. Indonesia is considering to increase its palm biodiesel by 30 percent as it is experiencing oversupply of palm oil, according to Dean Lao Jr,” spokesperson of TPBA.
Department of Energy (DOE) adviser Rafael Diaz said that the Philippines can do the same with the oversupply of coconut oil, which is far more superior as a biodiesel feedstock compared to palm oil and other types of oil including soya bean oil, canola oil, and sunflower oil. He also explained in a press conference held in Bagumbayan Quezon City on June 11 2019 that increasing the CME blend may not lower pump price of diesel, “but the fuel savings translates to measurable mileage gain.” “Coco biodiesel makes diesel fuel burn easily and completely, leading to more power and mileage improvement. If there is a 10 percent mileage improvement and diesel cost is at PHP40 (per liter), you can effective4ly save PHP4 per liter,” Diaz added.
He also explained that Coco-biodiesel makes diesel fuel burn easily and completely , leading to more power and mileage improvement. Diaz also reminded that CME-blended diesel will burn more completely and helps to maintain cleaner exhaust.