Rob Katter steps up pressure on Qld 10% Ethanol Mandate

KAP state leader Robbie Katter last week gave Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk a 90-day deadline to deliver on up to 28 initiatives he says are designed to improve the economy and help the bush. At the top of that list is a 10% Ethanol mandate for Queensland, but also included reserving some of the state’s gas […]

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Manildra calls for the 6% NSW Mandate to be enforced

New South Wales ethanol producer Manildra says the failure of the state’s fuel mandate is costing the company tens of millions of dollars in lost income. Six per cent of fuel sold in NSW is supposed to be ethanol, but exemptions granted to fuel companies have seen that figure drop to 2.7 per cent. Ethanol […]

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Whincup backs Ethanol at the Ekka

V8 Supercars champ Whincup backs ethanol mandate Sixtime V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup has appeared at Brisbane’s Ekka to voice his support for an ethanol mandate. Energy Minister Mark Bailey welcomed the Red Bull Racing driver’s backing for a policy that has environmental and economic benefits. “V8 Supercars made the switch to ethanol blended fuel […]

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Palaszczuk visits Wilmar

On a visit to Wilmar Bioethanol’s Sarina facility, the Queensland Premier announced that the first of the State Government’s cabinet biofuels subcommittee meetings would take place in Mackay. Premier Palaszczuk said she was impressed with what she saw on the visit and affirmed that what she wanted to do was ‘kick start’ the industry in […]

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Study: ethanol fuel good for health, environment

As reported in Ethanol Producer Magazine, yet another study has confirmed that ethanol blended fuels are better for human health and the environment than E0. Testing in Kansas by Urban Air Initiative found that toxic additives are present in E0 at levels 45% higher than in E10. These additives are known carcinogens that pollute the […]

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CSIRO investigates tobacco leaf oil for biodiesel

Thanks to its role as a major ingredient in cigarettes, tobacco isn’t usually seen as a particularly endearing plant. But according to the CSIRO it can have uses far beyond that as a simple feedstock for smokes. New research from Australia’s national science research organisation suggests that with a bit of scientific magic, tobacco plants could […]

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