KUALA LUMPUR: Implementing the B20 biodiesel programme could improve air quality especially in areas facing traffic congestion like the Klang Valley with its 7.2 million inhabitants, said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok.
She said the implementation of the B20 programme, which consists of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel, and the continued B7 programme for the industrial sector, would use about 1.3 million tonnes of palm oil a year and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 3.8 tonnes a year.
“Scientific studies have proved that use of biodiesel can reduce GHG emissions. Biodiesel also has a higher cetane number. This can improve the engine’s performance and result in cleaner exhaust gas emissions,” she told Bernama.
Kok said the use of biodiesel, with its almost zero sulphur content, could also lower sulphur dioxide emissions to the atmosphere and thus the incidence of acid rain.
She said the government, with the collaboration of petroleum companies like Petronas, Shell, Petron, Chevron and BHP, will supply B20 biodiesel in stages to over 3,400 petrol stations nationwide.– Bernama
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