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Case Study - Biofuel Marking

Tracerco's marking technology enables government to implement biodiesel strategy

A government developed an aggressive biofuels policy with a rapid biodiesel implementation strategy. The aim was to reduce the country's long term dependency on petroleum and also create jobs and wealth in the rural community. This also allowed the government to implement taxation subsidies to enable biodiesel producers to compete with petroleum based diesel.


The strategy for the program involved setting an initial upper limit of 2% on the amount of biodiesel to be blended with petroleum diesel. This upper limit would then be replaced by a mandatory 2% later rising to 5%. This approach allowed both the fuel and motor vehicle industry to successfully adapt to the new biodiesel fuel entering into the market and also the biodiesel industry to take a foothold in the market.

One key aspect of the implementation strategy was for the government to test diesel in the consumer supply chain to ensure that it didn't go above the 2% limit initially and later to ensure it was at the 2% level. The addition of Tracerco markers allowed the monitoring of this process.

In addition, the government also wanted the ability to track the biodiesel in the supply chain back to the producer, thus ensuring quality control and subsidies were being adopted correctly. This national scale program required Tracerco to develop a large number of unique tags so that each producer had their own discrete marker. These tags are highly stable both in biodiesel and petroleum diesel and have no impact on the fuel's legitimate use.

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