Proposal to Mix Ethanol with Fuels

Since the pilot plan to test the efficiency of ethanol use in gasoline in Guatemala has yielded the first positive results, the authorities plan to present a bill to regulate its use in the first quarter of 2021.

Friday, October 23, 2020

In 2014 and 2015 a pilot plan had already been carried out in Guatemala, however, it was only this year that the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), the Guatemalan Renewable Fuels Association (ACR), the Inter-American Development Bank and the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) took up the process again.

At the end of November, the two phases of the Green Mobility pilot plan will be completed, which consists of testing the mixing of 5% to 10% ethanol in the different types of gasoline consumed locally. With the preliminary results, a bill is already being considered.

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Alberto Pimentel Mata, head of the MEM, told that "... they established a technical-legal table in which fuel importers and exporters, vehicle importers and ethanol producers, among others, are represented, and who are working on a proposal that will include technical, scientific and economic aspects to support the benefits of ethanol. The proposal would be to generalize its use in gasoline, but to achieve this, a law is needed, and for that reason it will be submitted to Congress next year."

Aida Lorenzo, manager of the Guatemalan Renewable Fuels Association, explained that "... Central America is the only region that does not yet use ethanol in gasoline, and she said she expects the project to materialize and to place Guatemala as a reference for other countries. The scientific part is being analyzed to make a political decision, and that' s important."

For Fausto Velasquez, Sales Manager of Uno Petrol, Shell brand concessionaires in Guatemala, "... the exercise is positive, although generalizing the use of ethanol is a government decision that should be analyzed based on the results of the research. At the end of the day, this would represent a change in the configuration of the energy matrix with the ethanol element."

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