all Diesel eng vehicles running on B50 blend
Driving around yesterday I couldn’t help but
think, “I wonder how many of these diesel engine vehicles are running on either
B50 (50% regular Diesel and 50% Bio-diesel) or B100 (100% Bio-diesel)
I pretty think I knew the answer because I could
not think of a time whereby the large illuminated signs at the front of petrol
stations ever displayed B50 or B100.
So later, when I got home, I started looking into B50. Would it be unrealistic to expect that all
diesel engine vehicles in Australia should be running on at least B50?
Then of course, common sense kicked in a bit
unfortunately. How much bio diesel do
we actually make now and how much extra would we need to make?
What would be required to have your 2023 model Toyota
Hilux and every other vehicle driving around running on B50?
In order to work all of this stuff out, I would
need to do a bit of online research. I’d
need to find some figures on Australia’s current and anticipated diesel
consumption, production and consumption of bio-diesel. As well as the quantity of bio-diesel needed
to create a B50 blend.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported
that in 2019–20, Australia’s total diesel consumption for road transportation
was just a tad under 20,000 mega litres (ML).
It went on to say that the total diesel consumption for all purposes was
just under 30,000 ML.
The estimated diesel consumption in 2024 for road
transport would be just over 21,000 ML.
Also that the estimated diesel consumption in 2024 for all purposes
would be just over 31,000 ML. These
numbers were assuming a constant growth rate of around 1.5% per year.
I found some info from the USDA Foreign
Agricultural Service and it reported that Australia produced 40ML bio-diesel in
According to what I’ve been I could learn online,
bio-diesel production peaked in 2014.
Remarkably, it has been continuously falling since 2017.
In 2024, 40 ML of bio-diesel should be produced
assuming no discernible change in production capacity.
According to some info I found from Statista,
Australia used 15 ML of bio-diesel overall in 2020. At the time, it was expected that amount
would not change in 2022. Therefore, it is projected that 15 ML of bio-diesel
will be consumed in 2024 assuming no discernible change in the consumption
We need 50% diesel and 50% bio-diesel by volume to
create a B50 blend. Consequently, 10,606 ML of bio-diesel would be needed to
create a B50 blend for road transportation in 2024. Also, 15,763 ML would be needed to create a
B50 blend for all purposes.
By comparing these figures, we can observe that
Australia’s current and projected production and consumption of bio-diesel are
far less than what is needed to create a B50 blend for all vehicles powered by
In order to switch to a B50 blend of bio-diesel
for all diesel-powered vehicles on Australian roads by 2024, 10,591 ML of
additional bio-diesel must be produced for road transport and 15,748 ML for all
Accordingly, in order to reach a B50 blend for all
diesel-powered vehicles by 2024, Australia would need to increase its
production of bio-diesel by more than 26 times for road transport and more than
39 times for all purposes.
So that’s just scary isn’t it, this goal of
getting all of our vehicles running around on B50 would necessitate an
absolutely monstrous investment in infrastructure, technology, and feedstock
for bio-diesel in addition to a supportive legislative and regulatory
To sum up, switching to a B50 blend bio-diesel for
all diesel-powered vehicles in Australia would necessitate an astronomically significant
increase in the production of bio-diesel, something that is unlikely to occur
Still, the idea has some merit and we should be
doing more in this space in my opinion.
B50 Bio-diesel has some advantages for the economy and environment,
including lowering greenhouse gas emissions, improving energy security, and
generating jobs in rural areas. Therefore, if the right policies and incentives
are in place, bio-diesel may be able to help Australia transition to a