Dairy waste to ethanol
- Gull introduces NZ's first biofuel blend
12:50PM Wednesday August 01, 2007
A 10 per cent bioethanol blend fuel has gone on sale at Gull stations.
The first commercially available biofuel for New Zealand motorists
went on sale today.
The 10 per cent bioethanol-blended petrol is available from Gull
From April next year, oil companies will have to use biofuels to make
up part of their petrol and diesel sales - starting with 0.2 per cent
in 2008 and building to 3.4 per cent in 2012.
Prime Minister Helen Clark, who poured the first biofuel at today's
Auckland launch, congratulated Gull on leading the pack.
"Gull's new fuel provides motorists with real choice, helps New
Zealand to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and takes New Zealand a
step further towards achieving sustainability."
She said the biofuel obligation on fuel companies would reduce New
Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions by more than a million tonnes
between 2008 and 2012.
The ethanol for Gull's blend is made from a dairy byproduct by
Fonterra subsidiary Anchor Ethanol.