Diesel fuel containing biodiesel (B6–B20)
This standard applies to Type B, Bxx diesel fuel containing from 6% to 20% by volume of biodiesel. Fuel to this
standard is intended for use in high-speed diesel powered equipment for on-road and off-road applications and in
select equipment powered by medium-speed diesel engines.
Users of fuel meeting this standard are advised to refer to the owner’s manual of their vehicle, engine or equipment,
or to consult with their equipment’s manufacturer regarding the suitability of the specific fuel blend prior to its use.2, 3
Fuel to this standard is intended for use in diesel engine-powered equipment that is approved by manufacturers, or
suitably converted, to be compatible with fuel blends conforming to this standard. The blends of biodiesel covered
by this standard are more appropriate for fleets and users who understand and can manage the potential risks.
Fuel meeting this standard may be used for underground mining applications that were formerly covered by
CAN/CGSB-3.16 (See footnote b and Annex C for notes related to the flash point)
Many types of vehicles, engines and equipment (either new or older) are not designed for fuel blends covered
by this standard (B6-B20), and use of such biodiesel blends could result in unsatisfactory operation, engine or
Experience with B6 to B20 biodiesel fuel blends under Canadian conditions is limited. This fuel is intended for use
when ambient temperatures and fuel storage conditions permit.
Fuels meeting this standard may not be available in areas that experience low temperatures during fall, winter
and spring, due to the difficulty of making these biodiesel blends meet the specified low temperature operability
The testing and evaluation of a product against this standard may require the use of materials and/or equipment
that could be hazardous. This document does not purport to address all the safety aspects associated with its use.
Anyone using this standard has the responsibility to consult the appropriate authorities and to establish appropriate
health and safety practices in conjunction with any applicable regulatory requirements prior to its use.