The State Government has stated that it is unwilling to implement a mandate of ethanol content in regular unleaded fuel due its unintended distortionary impacts - a move applauded by the Australian Lot Feeders' Association.
ALFA president, Jim Cudmore, says the decision is "a victory for common sense given that ethanol mandates are a blunt policy instrument whose costs outweigh any tangible benefit".
"They lead to higher grain and food prices, potential job losses, massive compliance costs, higher fuel prices and commercialisation delays for superior second generation ethanol technologies."
The Federal and Victorian Government are also opposed to ethanol mandates.
"We accordingly urge the Queensland Government to listen to the voice of reason and not pursue its proposed 5pc ethanol mandate," Mr Cudmore said.
"Government’s should instead focus on expediting the commercialisation of superior second generation ethanol technologies which are more cost-effective, environmentally beneficial, have greater energy output to input ratios and eliminate ‘food versus fuel’ arguments."