Following the government’s announcement of a sustainable biofuels mandate, the Motor Industry Association of New Zealand says it will be assessing the implications this will have upon light diesel vehicles in the national fleet.

MIA chief executive David Crawford says a 10% bioethanol blend for petrol vehicles is fine and a 5% biodiesel blend is the industry’s recommended level for diesel vehicles.

The November 2021 Cabinet paper confirms the targets that were consulted on and Crawford says the governments timeline gives the MIA something to work on with all of the industry OEMs.

Commencing April 2023, the Governments targeted percentage of biofuel blend used in both road-based petrol and diesel transport fuel moves from 1.2% in 2023, to 2.4% in 2024, to 3.5% in 2025.

Subsequent provisional biofuel targets will be set out in regulations, subject to confirmation says Crawford, but the intention is to move from 3.8% in 2026, up to 9% by 2035.  

Crawford says there will be a separate target for aviation which is yet to be determined but is a change from the consultation and thus reflects stakeholder feedback.