Ministry assures E5 bio-fuel meets international standards

The quality of E5 bio fuel in Vietnam is ensured and meets international standards. All features, capacity and fuel consumption remain the same, and in some criteria E5 is better than RON 92, officials said.

Nguyen Phu Cuong, Director of the Department of Science and Technology under the Ministry of Industry and Trade told a forum held in Hanoi on January 10 that E5 is not a new fuel. “The roadmap to replace RON 92 with E5 has been carefully prepared,” Cuong said.

The nationwide sale of E5 replacing RON 92 was implemented for two weeks. Consumers are becoming accustomed to using this environmentally-friendly bio-fuel. However, some consumers are still unsure of the quality of the fuel, as well as if the new E5 fuel suits their vehicles.

The forum, with participation of authorities from ministries and the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association (VAMA), therefore helped answer any questions.

Cuong said the ministry in cooperation with relevant agencies and big petroleum producers collected opinions for the replacement in the 2007-12 period.

The country has a Vietnamese national standard to manage the fuel’s quality. It has been continuously updated to match global trends.