The government will fully mandate the use of B5 (a blend of five per cent palm oil biodiesel and 95 per cent petroleum diesel) nationwide on July 1.

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said on that day, all 3,877 petrol stations in the country will be selling B5, adding national palm oil biodiesel consumption is expected to rise to 500,000 tonnes a year.

The B5 programme, implemented in the Central Region encompassing Putrajaya, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor on June 1, 2011, was expanded to the Southern Region covering Johor on July 22 last year.

Annual consumption of palm oil biodiesel in the two regions’ 1,565 petrol kiosks is 150,000 tonnes.

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