Review of the Biofuels Act

Submission cover sheet

  • Name of organisation or individual making this submission

    John Taylor

  • Authorised delegate/contact person

    John Taylor

  • Position

  • Organisation

Questions on possible options

  1. Are the objects of the Biofuels Act and Regulation still valid? Why or why not?

    No. Any fuel will only be used if it is suitable for the vehicle & not that "it will work, but not very well" type claims. In many petrol powered vehicles, E10 is crap. If used in a power tool - lawnmower, leaf blower, chainsaw etc. the tool will be damaged due to reactions between plastic parts & ethanol & the cost of repair often exceeds the cost of a new one.

  2. Are there any other economic, social, environmental and consumer costs and benefits associated with biofuels that Government should further consider, to ensure that the regulatory regime is effective?

    No. you can lead a horse to water but you cant make it drink. Try reducing the cost. For a given octane rating, you use about 10% to 15% more E10 than normal 95 octane petrol. Many Diesel powered vehicles have a warning sticker the using biodiesel may damage the engine.

  3. Are there any developments, innovations or emerging trends in the broader transport or fuel industry that Government should consider in assessing the biofuels regulatory regime?

    No. In 5 to 10 years time, most new vehicles will be electric.

  4. Are there any entities that should be included in or excluded from the Act? If so, which entities and why?


  5. Are the definitions of volume fuel retailers and primary wholesalers adequate? If not, how could the definitions change?


  6. Does the Act appropriately balance the interests of small businesses with the broader objectives of the mandate? Please provide comments.


  7. Should the prescribed mandate for ethanol and biodiesel sales remain at the current rate? If not, how should it change and why?

    Scrap it. Let the market decide.

  8. Are the biofuel sustainability standards adequate? Please provide comments.

    Biofuels are only useful to a small percentage of vehicles & nothing will change that.

  9. Are there emerging industry standards or developments that should be taken in to account when assessing and defining sustainability?

    Bio Fuels are little better than adding water to your fuel tank.

  10. Is the exemption process for not meeting the minimum biofuels requirements adequate? Should the factors that the Minister must take in to account before granting an exemption change?

    The only exemption should be for small retailers.

  11. What is the process like to seek an exemption? Are there any changes that could be made to ensure the process is as seamless and as user-friendly as possible?

    Seems ok. could be a nightmare, depending on who is assessing the application.

  12. Is the Biofuels Exemption Framework and Guidelines document easy to understand and comply with? Should any of the matters outlined in the Guidelines be included instead in the Biofuels Regulation to ensure abundant legal clarity?

    Try to reduce the legalese & obfuscating clauses.

  13. Are the current registration, return and record keeping requirements adequate? Please provide comments.


  14. How much time approximately does it take primary wholesales, volume fuel retailers and other operators of service stations to provide the return to NSW Fair Trading?

    3 months.

  15. What other reporting and financial regulatory requirements are primary wholesalers, volume fuel retailers and other operators of service stations required to comply with? For example, at the Commonwealth level.

    Dont know.

  16. Are IPART’s functions and role adequate to help achieve the objectives of the Biofuels Act? Please provide comments.

    Dont know.

  17. Are there any other functions, research or role could IPART take in the biofuels regulatory regime?


  18. What information and data would be useful in ensuring regulation fosters a competitive biofuels industry?

    None. It will only be supporting old vehicles in a decade.

  19. Is the current compliance and enforcement approach working well? Please provide comments.

    Dont know.

  20. Is the current approach appropriate and should any changes be made (such as to penalty amounts) to make the compliance and enforcement approach more effective?

    No. Stop trying to force crap fuel on the market.

  21. Is the role and composition of the Biofuels Expert Panel still valid? Please provide comments.

    No. Biofuels will only be supporting old vehicles in a decade.

  22. Do you have any other general comments on the biofuels regulatory regime? Please provide further detail.

    If Biofuels are lower cost, more people may use it. Mostly those who view a car as whitegoods on wheels.

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