Brussels, 11 May 2016 - CEN has approved a new European Standard for paraffinic diesel fuel made from synthesis or hydro-treatment. The standard EN 15940, which will be published by all CEN members before the end of 2016, establishes requirements and test methods for marketed and delivered paraffinic diesel fuel containing a level of up to 7% fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) for use in diesel engines.
Producers of paraffinic fuel recognized the need for a new specification in the context of increasing market demand for cleaner fuels. The new European Standard EN 15940 demonstrates the effective cooperation between fuel producers, car manufacturers and other European stakeholders in reaching a consensus on a specification for a new generation of cleaner transport diesel fuel. Paraffinic diesel fuel can lead to improvements in local air quality without having to introduce changes in the existing fuel infrastructure. It can be used as a blend component in conventional diesel or as a 100% finished fuel, which is already the case in several European markets.
"The EN 15940 standard is a milestone and a success for public authorities, fuel and vehicle manufacturers, and above all for consumers across EU Member States", said Jörg Spanke, Chair of CEN’s 'Paraffinic Fuel' Taskforce.
The new European Standard on 'Automotive fuels - Paraffinic diesel fuel from synthesis or hydrotreatment - Requirements and test methods' (EN 15940:2016) was developed by CEN’s Technical Committee on 'Gaseous and liquid fuels, lubricants and related products of petroleum, synthetic and biological origin' (CEN/TC 19), of which the secretariat is provided by the Dutch Standardization Institute (NEN).
Synthetically created liquid fuels
Paraffinic diesel fuels are liquid fuels that can be synthetically created from feedstocks such as natural gas (GTL), biomass (BTL) or coal (CTL); or through hydro-treatment of vegetable oils or animal fats (HVO). These high-quality fuels burn cleaner than conventional crude-oil based diesel fuels and are thus able to reduce local harmful emissions such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter (i.e. less visible black smoke).
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