New European Biodiesel Standard in Force

November 12, 2003 [] In Germany, the current national standard for biodiesel, E DIN 51606, is to be replaced on publication of the European biodiesel standard DIN EN 14214 by the Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V. (The German Standards Institute). Within the framework of several years of negotiations, car manufacturers, biodiesel producers and representatives from the European oil industry have agreed on a Europe-wide minimum standard for biodiesel. The European Quality Standard provides for a series of examples, whereby the rules are to be tightened and the oxidation stability requirement readopted. As a result, stricter demands are being placed on the production of biodiesel and quality control. According to German biodiesel producers, that are regrouped under the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V. (Working Group for the Quality Management of Biodiesel), there is no problem ensuring that the oxidation stability requirement and the stricter conditions, particularly concerning transesterification quality, are met.
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