In April 2018, the legally required percentage of fuels derived from renewable sources increased to 7.25% – then from 1 January 2019, it rose to 8.5%. This legislation stated that 8.5% of all Diesel, Gas 10ppm and unleaded fuels sold by suppliers must be made of biofuel in order to reduce CO2 emissions. “All suppliers are obligated to meet new targets but are free on just how they reach each target. There are different ways to achieve this, including the addition of FAME to SFGO, so we want to warn all users of NRMM (Non-road mobile machinery)” explains Tony Brown FPS Technical Manager.
FAME is a biodiesel mostly made from recycled cooking oils and plant based material. As a biofuel it is likely to hold a higher water content than petroleum based fuels. Which could lead to fuel contamination and much more serious complications if left untreated. Luckily most modern mobile machinery engines are compatible with fuel containing the levels of FAME set out in the regulations. However it is important that business owners and farmers who use older machinery, are aware of what this could mean for them.