While a lot of biofuel legislation worldwide focuses on making a small percentage of the fuel sold in each locality be made up of biofuel, Japan decided in early June to turn the equation around. The Asahi Shimbun reported June 12 that Japan's Environment Ministry would push to make all vehicles (not just new ones) in Japan able to use E10 by 2030. The new legislation will require all new vehicles to be E10 compatible by 2012, with the goal of having all vehicles on the road E10 compatible eighteen years later. The change will help Japan meet it's commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, like promising to cut carbon dioxide emissions by six percent from the 1990 level by 2012, the UPI reported
. It will be interesting to see what this means for Japanese automakers.
[Source: UPI via Renewable Energy Access]