eDiesel - Barriers and Benefits

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Energy use for transport comprises a significant and ever increasing proportion of energy use in Ireland. From 1990 to 2005, the transport sector?s share of the total final energy consumption increased from 27.8% to over 40%. Final energy use in the transport sector has grown by 151% (6.3% per annum on average) between 1990 and 2005. The transport sector is also the sector most dependant on imported fossil fuels with resultant impacts on security of fuel supplies and exposure to oil price fluctuations. CO2 emissions from the transport sector in 2005 were 15 270 kilotonnes, representing over 33% of total energy-related CO2 emissions. Using biofuels reduces dependency on imported oil and the environmental impacts of transport energy use, in particular greenhouse gas emissions. Using biofuels also creates national and local economic benefits by creating an indigenous biofuels industry.

The use of ethanol?diesel blends in the transport fleet would provide another alternative biofuel for use in centrally fuelled diesel engines which would complement the existing alternative fuels: PPO, biodiesel and EN 590 biodiesel blends. Like other biofuels, it offers the potential to reduce CO2 emissions from transport and reduce dependency on imported fossil fuels while fostering an indigenous biofuels industry. eDiesel offers the benefit of easy use in existing engines without modification, and can directly replace (i.e. is fungible) diesel, allowing operators to fill eDiesel trucks with diesel from forecourts. An important differentiation factor between eDiesel and other biofuels is the reduction in smoke, particulate and NOx emissions from engines that is achieved due to the oxygenation effect of the fuel. This is an important benefit in terms of air quality and national emission inventories, but very few of the fleet operators surveyed viewed this as a significant benefit.

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Mr. Fergal Purcell
Energy Solutions
Environmental Scientist
Energy Solutions, S4, Spade Centre, North King Street, Dublin 7, Ireland
Telephone: +353-1-617-4853
e-mail: fergalpurcell@energysolutions.ie

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Author(s)Purcell, F.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationeDiesel - Barriers and Benefits
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=e95868eb-851c-102b-aa08-55a7497570d3
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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=80
Resource KeywordseDiesel EU Biofuels Directive Ethanol?Diesel Biofuel for Sustainable Transport Emissions
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2005-ET-DS-18-M3
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeEnvironmental Technologies
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 3
Project Start Date Friday 1st July 2005 (01-07-2005)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 1st July 2005 (01-07-2005)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 6th June 2008 (06-06-2008)
Published on SAFERFriday 6th June 2008 (06-06-2008)
Date of Last EditFriday 6th June 2008 at 14:31:35 (06-06-2008)
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The exact locations of the 81 companies, representing 71 separate organisations surveyed to determine the extent of centrally fuelled captive fleets and the potential market for eDiesel is private. However these companies are currently operating on the island of Ireland. Responses were received, and phone interviews conducted with 33 of the organisations surveyed. The highest response rate was from local authorities with the lowest being in general fleet operators and logistics/haulier companies.

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The EU Biofuels Directive (2003/30/EC) requires that national targets for the use of biofuels should be set and suggests a non-binding reference value? for these targets of 2% for 2005 and 5.75% for 2010. To date, use of biofuels in Ireland has been limited although use is expected to rise to 2.24% of total fuel use in 2008 due to exemptions granted under the government?s biofuels excise relief scheme. Additionally, the government has recently signalled the introduction of a biofuels obligation that would require biofuels to comprise 5.75% of the fuel market by 2009 and 10% by 2020.
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Market Analysis: An information sheet on eDiesel and a questionnaire was sent to 81 companies, representing 71 separate organisations, to determine the extent of centrally fuelled
captive fleets and the potential market for eDiesel. Responses were received, and phone interviews conducted with 33 of the organisations surveyed. The highest response rate was from local authorities with the lowest being in general fleet operators and logistics/haulier companies. By extrapolating the fuel consumption in each of the
sectors surveyed, the public passenger services sector was identified as having the largest fuel consumption.
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