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PCA highlights economic gains in hiking coconut content in biodiesel

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The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) will be vouching for the increase of coconut methyl ester (CME) content in biodiesel in a meeting tomorrow, Aug. 15, with the Department of Energy (DOE).

PCA Administrator Romulo J. Dela Rosa during the First Coconut World Congress press briefing on Tuesday, Aug. 14, said that they will be focusing on ” how to communicate effectively the impact” of the increased CME blend to motorists during the meeting.

“The fear is that it will increase drastically the pump price of the diesel. Which it won’t. The economic gains outweigh the disadvantage,” he added.

“[This will reduce] also the importation of petroleum because we are using 5% more of [CME] in our total utilization of [bio]diesel. According to the computation, the economy is set to have a positive gain if we are implementing the [new] blend.”

A technical working group formed by the DA last month noted that while the increase of CME will add some P0.45 to the pump price, the new mix will cause longer mileage and less emissions.

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United Coconut Association of the Philippines Chairman Dean A. Lao, Jr. said that this is despite CME being priced at P60, P15 more than diesel.

“But the P0.45 you incur gives you a net saving of more than P2 [due to longer mileage]. We clarified that the DOE. Their challenge is how to explain it to the drivers,” he added. — Anna Gabriela A. Mogato

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