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The Philippine biodiesel association (TPBA) is calling for an increase in the country’s coco-biodiesel blend from 2% to 5% to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Manila Times wrote.

Industry players have a combined annual capacity of 877M litres, according to the TPBA, which is sufficient to serve the projected 5% (B5) blend volume total of 650M litres/year.

The move would also benefit coconut farmers by providing them with a new source of income, the 6 January report said.

TPBA, a group of coconut methyl ester producers, was also proposing a phased increase in the blend to counter sudden adverse market reaction, the report said, with an initial 3% blend (B3) leading gradually to B5.

In support of its bid, the association cited a study by the University of the Philippines on the carbon footprint and GHG reduction potential of coco-biodiesel compared to diesel fuel.

The government’s house committee on energy, has expressed support for the move, the Manila Times wrote, provided coconut farmers directly benefited in the proposed shift from B2 (2%) to B5.

Blending of 1% coco-biodiesel or coco methyl ester started in 2007 following the introduction of the Biofuels Act in 2006 and increased to B2 in 2007, the report said.

With the country’s consumption of diesel fuel at almost 14bn litres/year, the group said B2 had reduced the country’s CO₂ emissions by 756M kilos to date.