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Gov't Appoint Extra Members to Biofuel Expert Panel
Friday, 03 May 2013 08:01

NSW Goverment appoints extra members to Biofuels Expert Panel.

The NSW Government has appointed three new members to the Government’s Biofuels Expert Panel to include industry experience on the advisory body that oversees the State’s biofuels policy.

The Expert Panel has been expanded to include representatives who have recent experience or expertise in the petroleum and biofuels industry. This is to ensure that the Expert panel, currently comprised of Government agency representatives, can provide appropriate and considered advice and assesses exemption applications from wholesale fuel sellers unable to meet the mandate.

Energy Minister Chris Hartcher said the new members will add depth and knowledge to the panel, and will be appointed for a period of four years.

“I am pleased to announce the appointments of:

  • Wendy Machin – President, NRMA;
  • Samantha Read – Chief Executive Officer, Biofuels Association of Australia;

and

  • Paul Barrett – Deputy Executive Director, Australian Institute of Petroleum.

“A strong and sustainable biofuels industry brings a number of benefits, including the potential to decrease fuel prices for motorists, cut harmful emissions, and reduce reliance on imported petroleum products.

“While the six per cent ethanol mandate will remain in force to ensure continued development of the ethanol industry in NSW, the Government recognises that exemptions may need to be granted to fuel sellers in certain circumstances.

“In such circumstances, fuel sellers will need to demonstrate what actions they are taking in order to work towards meeting the mandate and the Expert Panel will be working with industry to ensure adequate business plans are in place for this purpose.”