Australia’s 2019 updated Fuel Standard remains largely unchanged
- 24 June 2019
The current Australian Fuel Standards are about to be revoked, with a 2019 updated version of the Standard to be introduced into law on 1 October.
So, has anything changed for cleaner diesel and petrol? Not yet…
The Australian Government has every intention to bring in higher quality fuel for vehicles, but is intent on delaying it until 2027. From that date on the plan is to reduce the maximum allowable levels of sulphur in all fuel to 10ppm sulphur. As it stands, Australia will be able to sell 91 Octane regular unleaded - the fourth cheapest fuel in the OECD – for another eight years. Low-sulphur fuel has already been mandated and used for quite some time in international markets including Europe, Japan, China and India.
The Petroleum industry and vehicle manufacturers have been at loggerheads over the changes to regulations for quite some time. The industry has welcomed the new Australian Standard, commenting that it has allowed time for refineries to invest in upgrades to meet the proposed fuel standard.
“The Government fully understands the implications for local refineries related to this complex and challenging investment, and has decided on an appropriate timeframe for industry to investigate the most cost-effective solution and latest technology advancements to comply with the new standard,” said Paul Barrett, AIP CEO, in a recent statement.
Car companies and consumers, on the other hand, are arguing that delaying the switch to high quality, low sulphur petrol will mean Australia misses out on a range of super-efficient eco cars that only operate on premium unleaded. As it stands, the choice of engines offered in Australia is limited because of the costly and time-consuming recalibration required for efficient engines to function on high sulphur fuel.
The 2027 deadline for low-sulphur fuel was proposed by the Australian petroleum industry. The eight years, they claim, give ample time for their four refineries – Mobil, Viva/Shell, BP and Caltex – to grade their refining technology.
Going beyond the fuel standard to introduce cleaner diesel for Australian vehicles and machinery
Here at Bulk Fuel Australia, we’ve been taking cleaner fuel into our own hands with Final Filtered Diesel®. It works by applying a fine micron filter which is capable of removing small particles from the diesel to a cleanliness level that is better than the current Fuel Standard. It offers increased power, reduced emissions, improved reliability and extended engine life. It’s available on all of our fuel delivery trucks in NSW, QLD, VIC and WA.