When I'm not driving my Classic Mini 35, I'm in my classic Mercedes diesel driving on the highway. A few months ago, I noticed the signs on fueling pumps that state "Up to 7% Biodiesel". Fed up of the dirty reputation diesel has, I began researching the reason for this limit and the safe tolerances for increasing Biodiesel %. As it turns out, you could easily triple the biodiesel content with zero negative impact to any diesel engine on the roads today while reducing pollution substantially (see below for details). Oil companies won't do this as it's against their vested interests.
So, I went ahead and did something about it - I petitioned parliament. Would be great if you could take a minute and jump on board and sign it. All diesel sold should be at a 20% blend, to make a dent in atmospheric carbon emissions and to reduce our oil imports. As side note, diesel engines really benefit from the cleaning properties of biodiesel.
Ensure fuel retailers sell only B20 biodiesel, given its environmental benefits
Following the 2015 Greater London Authority's report on Biodiesel, government must act urgently to ensure only B20 biodiesel is retailed, given its several environmental and economic benefits achievable today with zero negative impact to current vehicular technology or existing UK fuel distribution.
Biodiesel has a positive effect on net emissions as the production of vegetable oil is renewable. A B20 blend achieves a 10-15 per cent CO2 reduction over diesel. Particulate, sulphates, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions are also reduced. At B20 blends, vehicular performance, serviceability or reliability is not impacted negatively. For more details, visit the GLA's report here:
Edited by Screwdriver, 05 September 2019 - 10:19 AM.