Biodiesel standards continue to evolve

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LONDON, U.K. — A recent European Commission mandate has pushed the European normalization organization to develop draft standards for biodiesel.

The fuel, derived in part from sunflower and coleseed, is seen as a possible alternative to the emissions associated with standard diesel fuel.

The final standards are expected by mid-2002. Currently, Europe does not have the capacity to provide the diesel sector with enough biodiesel even though the present limit is pegged at five per cent.

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