Cabinet approves new guide for biofuels policy

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ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu. (Conrad Bornman, Gallo Images, Rapport)
ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu. (Conrad Bornman, Gallo Images, Rapport)

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu told reporters on Tuesday morning that Cabinet approved the biofuels regulatory framework, as a policy which will guide the implementation of government's biofuel industrial strategy.

Mthembu was speaking to reporters in Pretoria, briefing them on the outcomes of last week’s Cabinet meeting.

Last week, amid a spate of load shedding, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy announced short- and medium-term interventions to meet South Africa’s energy demands.

Mthembu told reporters that biofuels were recognised internationally as an alternative to carbon intensive energy.

"They blend fuel for conventional mineral fuels so as to reduce air pollutants from the use of transport fuel," said Mthembu.

Mthembu said the framework mentioned several areas that would be regulated, including feed stock, mandatory blending of biofuels, a biofuels subsidy for farmers, and selection criteria for biofuel projects requiring a subsidy.
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