Biodiesel has potential in the energy market

The participation of biodiesel in the Brazilian energy matrix must reach at least 3.31% in 2030, according to a document delivered by the biodiesel sector to the Secretary of oil, gas and renewable fuels of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Márcio Félix.

Titled "Biodiesel: Opportunities and challenges in the long term" the report presents contributions to the document "Bio Brasil 2030", which the MME prepares to design the energy market for that year.

"The design of energy policy depends on an expanding, sustainable, competitive and inducing biofuel market of all available synergies and technological resources," says the ministry's Renewable Fuels department, prior to the Meeting this Thursday.

In this sense, the entities of the sector – Brazilian association of Vegetable Oils Industries (ABIOVE), Association of Biodiesel Producers of Brazil (Aprobio) and the Brazilian Union of Biodiesel and Biokerosene (Ubrabio) – have prepared a wide radiography of Commodity and biofuel markets in the country.

The document details the potential of biodiesel in the Brazilian energy Matrix and the environmental commitments established by the country internationally. In this sense, the effort and dedication are the construction of a scenario for 2030, with projections on the Brazilian biodiesel market based on grounded assumptions.

The sector proposes a gradual increase of the mandatory mixture, which can follow the minimum schedule of reaching B8 (8% of biodiesel per liter of diesel; today is B7) in 2017 and B10 up to 2019, as already foreseen by law, reaching B15 in 2025 and B20 in 2030.

"I consider it essential to put in the energy future a noble space for biofuels, particularly biodiesel, so that we have a range of use with flexibility. A mixture that has a nominal value, but that can float so that it has a seasonal balance. In other words, the average can be B20, but it can oscillate a little to more or less, without complying with any rules, "Felix explained.

The initiative of the three Associations is aligned with the posture of the Ministry and Brazil's proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at COP 21, the United Nations climate Conference, held in December last year in Paris. The nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), already approved by the Nationale Congress ratified by the executive branch last month, reference the year 2030 as a deadline for achieving the goals presented in France.

"The instrument of ratification by Brazil of the Paris agreement on climate change – says the text of the entities – was deposited in the UN by President Michel Temer on September 21, 2016, and no longer intended to be determined (NDC).

Convened by the MME to collaborate with the measure, the sector inputs data, statistics and in-depth analysis of the country's agribusiness. The tone is the defense of a regulatory framework that transmits legal and regulatory security in order to create a climate of trust that predispose the investments, the generation of jobs, income and taxes.

The important thing, as in any economy that recovers and seeks stabilization, is the ability to establish the minimum possible predictability in the planning of public policies that foster production, the interconnected consumption of inputs and materials of value aggregation along the productive chain, investments in research and development of new technologies and product insertion in international markets.

Biodiesel, the latest novelty of the basket of renewable sources of the Brazilian energy Matrix seeks, above all, corresponds to the expectation of all the members of its chain, the farmer who cultivates raw materials to the final consumer, in the name of Structured growth of the Brazilian economy as a whole.

The Director-Superintendent of Aprobio Julio Minelli, the Superintendent Director of Ubrabio Donizete Tokarski, and the general secretary of ABIOVE Fábio Trigueirinho, participated in the document delivery meeting.

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