Consultation launched on 2021 ‘green’ fuel changeover

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Published on 4 March 2020 by Mike Waters

The government has announced the launch of a new consultation on the introduction of so-called E10 petrol as standard on the country’s forecourts as soon as next year.

Petrol in the UK currently contains 5% ethanol-based biofuel and 95% petrol, making it E5. The consultation is seeking public opinions on changing this standard blend to 10% ethanol and 90% petrol, hence the E10 name.

A statement by the Department for Transport that announced the consultation said that “by increasing the ethanol content of petrol, E10 has the potential to cut CO2 from transport by 750,000 tonnes per year. That’s equivalent to taking around 350,000 cars off the road.”

Commenting, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP said: “The next 15 years will be absolutely crucial for slashing emissions from our roads, as we all start to feel the benefits of the transition to a zero-emission future.

“But before electric cars become the norm, we want to take advantage of reduced CO2 emissions today. This small switch to petrol containing bioethanol at 10% will help drivers across country reduce the environmental impact of every journey.”

The official details of the consultation and contact details so you can have your say can be found here.

This announcement was predicted some years ago by industry observers and the BMF has previously covered some of the potential ramifications it could have for bikers, particularly concerning whether ethanol-blended fuels can damage motorcycle engines and parts. You can find our in-depth look at this issue here.

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