Factsheet: Biofuel specifications

Biofuel specifications

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Royal Decree 61 /2006, which determines the specifications for gasolines, gasoils, fuel oils and liquid petroleum gases, and regulates the use of certain biofuels. Royal Decree 1088/2010, amending Royal Decree 61/2006 regarding the technical specifications for gasoline, diesel and use of biofuels and sulphur content of marine fuels. Order IET/2458/2013, extending the deadline referred to in paragraph 1 of the second transitory provision of Royal Decree 1088/2010, amending amending Royal Decree 61/2006 regarding the technical specifications for gasoline, diesel and use of biofuels, in relation to the obligation to ensure availability of protective gasoline.
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Real Decreto 61/2006, por el que se determinan las especificaciones de gasolinas, gasóleos, fuelóleos y gases licuados del petróleo y se regula el uso de determinados biocarburantes. Real Decreto 1088/2010 por el que se modifica el Real Decreto 61/2006 en lo relativo a las especificaciones técnicas de gasolinas, gasóleos, utilización de biocarburantes y contenido de azufre de los combustibles para uso marítimo. Orden IET/2458/2013, por la que se amplía el plazo previsto en el apartado 1 de la disposición transitoria segunda del Real Decreto 1088/2010, por el que se modifica el Real Decreto 61/2006, en lo relativo a las especificaciones técnicas de gasolinas, gasóleos, utilización de biocarburantes y contenido de azufre de los combustibles para uso marítimo, en relación con la obligación relativa a la disponibilidad de gasolina de protección.
Description: 
Royal Decree 1088/2010 transposed the Directive 2009/30 (FQD) into national regulation and increased accordingly the biodiesel content allowed in diesel from 5% to 7% and the bioethanol content permitted in gasoline from 5% to 10%. In the case of gasoline blends, in order to protect the oldest vehicles that are not prepared to operate on higher bioethanol contents, Royal Decree 1088/2010 established that until December 31, 2013, supply of at least the lowest octane index gasoline with less than 5 percent bioethanol in terms of volume, and less than 2.7 percent of oxygen in terms of mass should be granted in all filling stations. This type of gasoline is known as so-called "protective petrol". Order IET/2458/2013 has extended the deadline of that obligation until December 31, 2016.
Goal/Aim: 
standards for biofuels
Responsible Authority: 
Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo (MINETUR) - Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
2006
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2013