Group seeks proof ethanol blend won’t destroy PH cars, hike cost


DAVAO CITY—An environmental group has asked the National Biofuels Board (NBB) to show studies that will prove E-10 (a blend of 10-percent ethanol and 90-percent gasoline) is compatible with vehicles in the country.

The Kaibigan ng Kaunlaran at Kalikasan (KKK) said since the passage of the Biofuels Law of 2006 (Republic Act No. 9367) six years ago, the NBB has not done any comprehensive and scientific studies on the effects of ethanol use in vehicles nor have they conducted extensive public consultations.

The KKK said extensive studies and consultations are prerequisites to mandating an increased ethanol blend in gasoline.

The group said thousands of motorists and vehicles would be affected when the government enforces the 10-percent ethanol blend in all gasoline fuels beginning April 1, 2013.

“Carbureted engines and older vehicles, which constitute a large portion of vehicles on the road, are not compatible with E-10 and may damage the vehicles’ fuel lines, fuel pumps and carburetors. These engines include those found in motorcycles and equipment used by farmers and fisherfolk,” KKK’s executive director,

Dr. Ed Alabastro, said in a statement sent to the Inquirer.

“Additionally, there is a lack of system in place to inform and assist the motoring public on the negative effects of E-10 gasoline. Will the NBB or the oil companies handle motorist complaints if engines begin to break down? Who is accountable?” Alabastro added.

Regular gasoline and some gasoline grades are exempted from ethanol blending but with the six-year old law, all motorists and gasoline users have no choice but to use E-10 gasoline, KKK said.

The energy produced by ethanol is only two-thirds that of gasoline, which means a higher ethanol blend in gasoline will result in lower mileage for vehicles, KKK said.

“Amid high oil prices, why are they forcing a higher ethanol blend when it means that motorists now have to pay more to travel less?” Alabastro said.

Alabastro said the NBB should recommend, as mandated by law, biofuel blends based on the availability of locally produced biofuels. Nico Alconaba, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • Ben

    People really is hard to accept change, even if they know that what they`re fighting for is bad for the economy, as well as for the environment. Adapting Ethanol as fuel blend to displace large quantities of oil in the country is our answer to fluctuation to world oil prices that in the past and in the future will destabilize our economy, the everyday lives of the people from day to day transport fare, to food prices and this considering that it will be sourced through our own domestic stocks will give us more security in the long run. Look at Brazil, they weathered all turmoil of the middle east  and economic competition of world`s economic giants….can we possibly learn from it? It is time to phase out old ones and replace them with new ones. The government can give incentives for replacing clunker junkers and continue the ethanol program to save the country more fund and save all in the long run through decreasing climate carbon footprints of the country.

    • batangpaslit

      well said, Bro! my kudos for your brilliant feedback

  • batangpaslit

    what a joke, eh
    those that oppose the blending formula are the proponents of the 100% fossil fuel use.
    the big three are afraid that their lucrative profit would whittle down.
    for if the charges of these big three oil supporters are correct, then, all cars in Brazil have all broke down.
    if the Phils could fully develop the ethanol industry, just the 10% use alone savings of $2 BILLION from import would be realized
    what is needed are car engines and gas tanks designed for blended gas


    Tell the NBB to consult me on the effect of ethanol to all kinds of cars and models. I can answer all these question put by the KKK. No problem at all. I’m a consultant on bio-fuels most especially on bio-ethanol production.

  • OFW Franklin

    I am a big fan of biodiesel and ethanol blend fuel. I love it better than fossil fuel. But when it come to source of material it boils down to FOOD Vs FUEL. (one barrel is equivalent or close to 150 liters). Do the math the world supply of crude oil is more than hundred million of barrel where as food supply is not even close to that.So between feeding the world populations and world industries. I will not switch food stocks to fuel the world industries. Biofuel is good but we need to feed our belly first before travelling.    

  • Accountant Tax

    brazil has been using this technology for a long time. but, i agree, for more studies to be sure.

  • ITT_Co_Makati

    No Problem, buy the gasoline with E10 from the gas companies, if your car is damaged becauswe of this, sue the gas company, if not then let these groups just shut up and stop obstructing progress.

  • Wadav

    Biofuels and renewable energy uses are the technologies of the future! Dami n advance countries gumagamit nito.

    • beerhunters

      please be specific, what is that biofuels and what is that renewable energy you are talking about?
      Here is a chemical reaction that you should ponder about, a perpetual FUEL, A power generating reaction: CO2 + 2H2—> C + 2H2O
                                     C + O2 —> ENERGY  +  CO2
                                      CO2 + 2H2–> C + 2H2O

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