Factsheet: Requirements for users and producers of bio ethanol as biofuel

Requirements for users and producers of bio ethanol as biofuel

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Requirements for users and producers of bio ethanol as biofuel
Description: 
In 2001, the Colombian Government adopted Law 693/2001, in order to promote the increased use of non-conventional energy sources and regulate the production, marketing and use of alcohol based fuels. Through this law, the Government established a mandatory blending of ethanol into gasoline, which was initially set at 10 percent for cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants such as Bogotá, Cali and Medellín (Resolution No. 18 0687/2003). This mandatory blending percentage has been modified several times since then. As of November 2013, the mandatory blending was set at 8 percent (E8) in all departments but three, where no blending mandate was in place. Based on Resolution No. 90932/2013, in December 2013 the mandate was increased to 10 percent in the Central, Southern and South-western zones of the country. As stipulated in Decree 4892/2011, the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development can set mandatory blending for ethanol and biodiesel higher than 10 percent. They can also adapt the mandatory blending level when exceptional situations occur (of social, public interest and/or national convenience) or when the national supply of biofuels is too low to comply with the mandatory blending.
Goal/Aim: 
Promote the increased use of non-conventional energy sources and regulate the production, marketing and use of alcohol based fuels
Responsible Authority: 
Ministry of Mines and Energy MME and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development MADS

Status:

Trade Relevance: 
Sustainability of biomass (potentially to be exported)
Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
2001