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Greener petrol could be on its way

The government has revealed plans to introduce E10 fuel – which contains more bioethanol than traditional petrol – at fueling stations, to help compatible vehicles cut their emissions.

The government has revealed plans to introduce E10 fuel – which contains more bioethanol than traditional petrol – at fueling stations, to help compatible vehicles cut their emissions.

E10 contains up to 10 per cent bioethanol, a renewable energy source which can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of a petrol vehicle by around two per cent. 

If rolled-out in the UK this could have the equivalent impact of taking 350,000 cars off the road.

Ethanol contains less energy per unit of fuel than conventional petrol (E5), but burns more efficiently. E10 is already sold in several European countries – including Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands – and the majority of cars manufactured since 2000 are compatible with it.

As part of UK Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation legislation, fuel suppliers are required to increase the amount of renewable fuel available in the UK up to 2032.

Andy Eastlake, managing director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), said: “We fully support the introduction of E10 petrol as an effective way of lowering the CO2 emissions from the millions of vehicles on the UK’s roads.

“While’s there’s certainly more to be done in future, encouraging the use of E10 fuel has an immediate effect, with no added inconvenience for the vast majority of motorists. The number of older (and more polluting) incompatible cars [on the road] is falling all the time.”