The new facility will enable Shell to sell Biodiesel 20 (B20) into the New South Wales market, as part of its ‘world first’ release of the product in Australia – the product is currently available from Shell’s terminal in Melbourne.
Shell vice-president downstream, Andrew Smith, said the launch of B20 was responding to business needs to reduce the environmental impact of transport fuels and potential liability under the Federal Government’s carbon pricing scheme.
He said that during a recent engagement with commercial customers more than 50% said they would consider using B20 in their fleets for either taxation or environmental reasons.
“Shell is committed to understanding customer needs, and when we asked them if they would consider using B20 if it was available 28% they said they would because of the tax benefit,” he said.
“Given the zero rating of biodiesel under the carbon pricing scheme, using a B20 fuel in their trucks can help affected customers significantly improve their bottom line.
“A further 36% said they would consider B20 because of the positive environmental aspects of using the fuel.”
Mr Smith said with new products, education and partnership is key to building customer acceptance.
“We were pleased when 55% or our customers who attended recent workshops held across the country said they would consider using a B20 blend in their operations,” he said.
“That number grew to 69% after they attended a session with Shell technology experts, and engine specialists from major companies like Kenworth and Cummins.”
Shell Diesel Bio20 is made up of Shell diesel with a bio component produced from vegetable oils or animal fats that meet Shell’s global sustainability standards.
Shell plans to expand its B20 availability further as it continues to work with its customers to offer fuels and lubricants solutions that help them reduce their CO2 footprint.
Shell, one of the world’s largest distributors of biofuels, believes that biofuels are a practical commercial solution to assist in reducing carbon emissions from the road transport sector over the next twenty years.
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