|Year Implemented||2008 (amended 2009 and 2010)|
|Policy Status||In force|
|Agency||•Ministry of Mines and Energy, National Energy Policy Council
•National Petroleum Agency
|Stated Objective||•Climate Change Mitigation
•Biofuels for Transport
|Description||In 2005, Brazil's Mines and Energy Ministry enacted a law establishing the requirement for B2 biodiesel - a mix of vegetable oil and sugar-cane ethanol with 98% standard diesel. The law was designed to stimulate the market for renewable, clean burning fuel.
The B2 biodiesel requirement went into effect and became mandatory as of 1 January 2008. While in 2007 many gas stations began offering B2 biodiesel, all stations now offer only B2 biodiesel. The requirement was modified in March 2008, and as of 1 July 2008, the requirement is that all diesel contain 3% rather than 2% biofuel (B3 biodiesel).
The mandatory biodiesel blending content was increased as of July 2009 to 4%, and further to 5% (B5 biodiesel) as of January 2010. The B5 biodiesel requirement is being implemented three years ahead of its scheduled implementation date of 2012 as per the 2005 law.