Biodiesel: a natural alternative
The idea of building a biodiesel plant in Emmen come about in around 2002, says Wilfred Hadders, CEO of Sunoil Biodiesel. “The initial idea came from a former shareholder, a German agricultural cooperative. Biodiesel was strongly emerging in Germany at the time, and was greatly encouraged by the German government.”
Hadders continues: “At that time it was already compulsory to blend a certain percentage of biodiesel in all ordinary diesel fuel, and no duties were levied over pure biodiesel. This made it a very attractive option for German haulage companies to switch to biodiesel.”
The Netherlands got off to a slow start with encouraging the use of biodiesel as a fuel because there was no obligation to add it to ordinary diesel at the time. “We have since gained a lot of knowledge, which makes it possible for us to respond effectively to the market demand. Companies know that they can come to us for good quality products, but also for issues related to biodiesel”, says Wilfred Hadders.
Biofuel is a topical subject that forms the subject of a lot of discussion. Stocks of fossil fuels are dwindling worldwide, which is increasing the need for us to work and live more sustainably. Sunoil Biodiesel has already held a sustainability certificate for many years and also meets the individual requirements of all European countries.
Double counting sustainable biodiesel
Sunoil Biodiesel’s products are regarded as being highly sustainable because they are made of frying fat. Various countries, including the Netherlands, apply double counting for sustainable biodiesels for the blending obligation. This can yield benefits for fuel suppliers. In 2016 they are only required to blend this biodiesel at 3.375% instead of 6.75%.