In Guatemala, an E5 pilot project held between April 9 and July 16 has demonstrated 30% lower GHG emissions while even slightly increasing octane and maintaining fuel performance in gasoline engines. The trial, funded by the US, Brazil and the Organization of American States, used 24 cars and 5 motorcycles and was supported by laboratory […]
In Vietnam, the prime minister wants all hands on deck to help boost consumption of E5 and E10 at the pump, even if it means cutting prices. Though an implementation plan has been in effect since 2012, uptake has been slow because responsible ministries haven’t worked to inform consumers about the new fuels nor the […]
In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City has decided to mandate all government vehicles and those belonging to state-owned companies to use E5 in an effort to encourage uptake of the fuel among the public. Barely more than 50 stations currently offer E5 despite plans to have more than 160 offering it by the end of […]
In Vietnam, the deputy prime minister is pushing for a quicker roll out of E5 across the country’s eight major cities and provinces, with recent figures showing E5 only accounting for 3% of fuel sales during the first four months of the year. He encouraged local governments and oil companies to raise consumer awareness about […]
In Vietnam, with the E5 blending mandate coming online Dec. 1, some provinces are preparing early. The central province of Thua Thien-Hue will begin implementing E5 on Nov. 1 while E10 will be available from Dec. 1. Several provinces already began selling E5 in December 2014, while others are looking to implement E5 on time […]
In Guatemala, the country’s energy ministry is embarking on a pilot trial using E5 and E10 in 25 vehicles and five motorcycles during four months. The country mostly exports the 65 million gallons of ethanol its produces annually but introducing an E10 would consume 36 million gallons. The US and Brazilian governments along with the […]
In Vietnam, fuel retailers are cutting the prices of biofuels at the pump in an attempt to boost demand. Petrolimex cut the price of E5 by 2% last Thursday while keeping the price of other fuel products the same. The cut to E5 prices was due to falling oil prices, so the move sought to […]
In Vietnam, the prime minister has promised to set E5 prices at slightly below 92 octane unleaded prices in order to boost demand. He also wants ministries to explore export taxes on both ethanol and cassava to ensure enough supply for E5 demand.
In India, despite the government putting in price supports for ethanol, sugar mills only offered 470 million liters of ethanol during the purchase tender that opened for 920 million liters floated by the Oil Marketing Companies. The volume offered will only supply half of the country’s E5 mandate. The tender was floated half way though […]
In Zimbabwe, the government has cut the ethanol blending mandate to 5% following a sugarcane shortage due to heavy rains. Earlier in the year the blend had been boosted to 15% from 10%. When the weather improves and ethanol production can resume again, the higher blend is likely to be restored.