January 13, 2021

Brazil’s CNPE Establishes Guidelines for New Biodiesel Marketing Model


On December 30, 2020, the National Energy Policy Council (“CNPE”)  published Resolution No. 14/2020 (“Resolution No. 14”), which establishes guidelines for the marketing of biodiesel in the national territory and provides for other measures.

Resolution No. 14 establishes that all biofuel necessary to comply with the mandatory percentage set forth by Law No. 13,033/2014 must be contracted by means of a marketing model, replacing the public auctions. The National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (“ANP”) shall be responsible for regulating the biodiesel marketing model, which became effective January 1, 2020.

The ANP must observe the following when defining the marketing model: (i) protection of consumer interests in relation to price, product quality and supply; (ii) guarantee of fuel supply in the national territory; (iii) promotion of free competition; (iv) increase in the participation of biofuels in the national energy mix on economic, social and environmental perspectives; and (v) the objectives, bases and principles of the National Biofuel Policy.

Resolution No. 14 provides for a 12-month transition period counted from the date when the marketing model becomes effective, in which all the biodiesel marketed must originate exclusively from production units authorized by the ANP. During the transition period, ANP may, on exception, authorize the marketing of imported biodiesel.

The marketing model must provide that that up to 80 percent of the total volume of biodiesel marketed originates from biodiesel producing units with the "Social Biofuel Seal." The percentage will be established in a Joint Ordinance of the Ministers of Mines and Energy and of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply.

The marketed biodiesel complementary to this percentage may also originate from biodiesel-producing units with such seal.

Lastly, until the marketing model becomes effective, the public auctions will continue to be promoted and operated in the current structure, as provided in CNPE Resolution No. 5/2007, and in the other specific guidelines established by the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

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