STAMEQ work with USGC on biofuel
On the morning of 6th June 2016, the U.S Grains Council (USGC) paid a working visit with the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality of Vietnam (STAMEQ).
Mr. Nguyen Hoang Linh - Deputy Director General of STAMEQ - welcomed the USGC delegation.
The meeting focused on the current policies for the blending of Ethanol in biofuel in Vietnam and information concerning the U.S policy for ethanol and how ethanol is used in U.S.
According to Mr. Kevin M Roepke, USGC Regional Director - South & Southeast Asia, U.S is the leading country in the use of ethanol in fuel.
"We consider the use of ethanol as a great opportunity to promote the rural economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce carbon emissions, reduce pollution and increase water quality. Through the chance to work with STAMEQ, we would like to learn more about the market and use of ethanol in Vietnam as well as opportunities for cooperation in the future, "said Kevin M Roepke.
According to the USGC Regional Director - South & Southeast Asia, the use of ethanol in fuel has had a long history in the U.S and until now the U.S government has introduced some policies supporting the producing and importing of ethanol.
"95% of ethanol in the US is produced from corn and there is supporting price policy for businesses that use ethanol in fuel blending," said Kevin M Roepke.
According to the USGC representative, E10 fuel is used in all vehicles and E15 is used by 85% of vehicles in the US.
According to Deputy General Director Nguyen Hoang Linh, Vietnam attaches great importance to the use of ethanol blended fuels; however, there are still many difficulties in implementing the use of this fuel.
"Policy makers and scientists do understand the benefits of using ethanol blended fuels; however, Vietnam is facing certain obstacles in encouraging people to use this kind of fuel due to their worry about its impact on the safety of the engine", Mr. Linh said.
As shared by the representative from Vietnam standards and quality institute (VSQI), Vietnam regulations do not allow the use of more than 10% of ethanol in fuel blending.
Vietnam currently has three national regulations on Ethanol and five national standards on fuel Ethanol.