Changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) set out challenging new biofuel targets starting in early 2018. The target was increased to 8.5% in January 2019, with incremental increases to 12.4% in 2032. The new targets have forced suppliers to ensure that all diesel meets the latest biofuel requirements.
What is Biofuel?
This bio element is called FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Esters) which is largely produced from recycled cooking oils and renewable oil sources. This increase in the bio content of Gas Oil is being reflected negatively nationally, with reports of clogged filters and low fuel pressure resulting in vehicle downtime.
Effects of FAME content in Diesel?
The main complications of FAME, or biodiesel, are caused by its solvent type properties along with hygroscopic or water attracting characteristics. These effects include:
How can I prevent the effects of Biofuel?
Here are some preventative measures you can take to tackle potential issues resulting from these new regulations:
Professional Tank Maintenance & Housekeeping
By looking after your tank and fuel, you can slow or prevent the negative effects of FAME content.
Specialist Fuel Additives
We can offer specific additives to your fuel that will counter the effects of the increased bio element and prevent costly downtime for plant and machinery.
For additional information on FAME, click to read Dept. of Transport official document