Nationals Senator for NSW, Fiona Nash, said fuel companies must be made to comply with the state’s six per cent mandate for ethanol in fuel.
Figures from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism show fuel companies used only 3.59 per cent of ethanol as of December last year.
“There was a December shortfall of 12.88 million litres. It is unacceptable that fuel companies seem to be flouting the law simply because they don’t like it,” Senator Nash said.
"The law is there. There is an ethanol mandate of six per cent. But the fuel companies are not complying.
“Ethanol is a renewable fuel with environmental and health benefits and provides grain and sugar farmers with another market.
“Regional communities deserve every opportunity for sustainability, and we need to encourage the development of industries that will contribute toward that. For years I have argued the case for the importance of the ethanol industry and will continue to do so.
“The ethanol industry also benefits regional communities in terms of jobs and investment. A vibrant ethanol industry would help ensure economic growth and development in the regions.
“I will be watching very closely what the fuel companies do, as there is no reason for them not to comply with the legislation. No company is above the law.”
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