Philippines: Next year could see biodiesel blend rise

The Department of Energy (DoE) remains hopeful that a higher biodiesel blend will be implemented in time for a 2015 deadline even with several issues yet to be addressed, an official told reporters on Wednesday.

Under the Philippine Energy Plan 2012-2030, the DoE targets to increase the biodiesel blend to 5% from the current 2%. By 2020 and 2030, the blend is supposed to rise to 10% and 20%, respectively.

“We are still considering several factors right now like the economic impact [of increasing the blend] and some technical issues,” Mario C. Marasigan, director of the department’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau, said at the sidelines of a solar project inauguration in Manila.»