Bangkok – PTT stations in five provinces started selling B20 biodiesel on Friday, to help the country fight air pollution caused by diesel engines.
The five stations are located in Pathum Thani, Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chonburi, and Chumphon. B20 is a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel. Not only does it combat the prolonged smog situation in various provinces including the capital city, but the production of biodiesel also helps absorb the oversupply of palm oil in Thailand.
Chairing the launch of the B20 distribution at PTT Gas Station in Pathum Thani, Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan said the utilization of biodiesel in the logistics industry and public transport, will assist the country’s endeavor to resolve air pollution stemming from particulate matter generally smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter, known as PM2.5.
Citing a recent study, the minister said B20 can reduce the emission of black fumes from vehicles by 15-20 per cent, while it also helps drivers and logistics operators save 5 baht per liter on fuel.
Vehicles able to use B20 include six wheelers, ten wheelers, and public buses, according to Minister Siri.