New green fuel campaign launches

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Published on 6 June 2019 by Mike Waters

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

A new government campaign about improved labelling for biofuels has begun.

Launched on June 6, the campaign will see the UK’s filling stations putting new labels on pumps for both petrol and diesel to confirm what percentage of biofuels they contain at the point of purchase.

‘E5’ labels will be brought in for petrol which contains up to 5% of renewable ethanol, while ‘B7’ labels will be brought in for diesel with up to 7% of biodiesel. 

As the BMF has previously highlighted, the addition of biofuels at the pumps can have unintended consequences for certain types of motorcycle. For example, classic bikes may be vulnerable to damage from chemical reactions with biofuels for which they were never designed, meaning the introduction of labels can help riders avoid mechanical trouble.

Commenting, Transport Minister Michael Ellis MP said: “Biofuels are a key way of achieving the emissions reductions the UK needs, and their use reduced CO2 emissions by 2.7 million tonnes last year alone – the equivalent of taking around 1.2 million cars off the road.”

Want to find out more? You can read our feature ‘Will ethanol-blended fuel damage my motorcycle?’ here.

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