Dec 06, 2007
Maize excluded from SA biofuels plan, production target scaled backBack
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Another key point of the strategy is the lowering of the biofuels production target from 4,5%, as proposed in the draft, to 2%. Sonjica commented that the department “agonised over bringing down the 4,5% yield” and conceded that the target was not very ambitious. The motivation for the drop in target was again concerns over food security.
This revised target was attributed to “agricultural concerns”, however, the Minister failed to clarify these concerns further than that of food security issues.
'concerns over crops delayed approving strategy'
The biofuels industry development would be done in phases, with the first phase from 2008 to 2013. Sonjica said that after this period, which she described as a “pilot stage”, biofuels production and its impact on agriculture would be assessed and evaluated and targets would then be reviewed.
The blending target for biofuels is 8% bioethanol and 2% biodiesel.
With the revised strategy, the fuel levy exemption for biodiesel would increase from the current 40% to 50% and bioethanol would maintain its 100% exemption.
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