Australians Call for Cleaner, Greener Fuels

35 percent of new cars in Europe run on biodiesel, far head of North America and Australia.

Published: 18-Aug-2003

lass=wallacepara>The head of a company in Cootamundra, in southern New South Wales, which is planning a $60 million biodiesel plant says Australia is too slow to adopt environmentally friendly fuels.

Bruce Smith from Cootamundra Oilseeds says the Federal Government is offering grants to boost the industry, but eco-fuel is not being encouraged in the public transport system.

He says Australia is well behind Europe, where 35 per cent of new cars run on biodiesel.

Mr Smith says it means Australia is lagging in reducing fuel emissions.

"One of the reasons we don't have these new Renaults, Mercedes Benz and Peugeots...in Australia is that our fuel is probably the worst quality in the world," he said.

"It is very high in sulphur content, although that is being legislated down now. But it still leaves questions begging, 'when are we really going to act and make the oil companies clean up their emissions to that standard of the rest of the world?."

Cootamundra Oilseeds plans to lodge a development application for two crushing plants and a refinery in a couple of months.

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