Green fuel set to be rolled out by September

By - World Infrastructure Journal

Green fuel set to be rolled out by September

Petrol stations across the UK are to introduce new greener fuel, E10, as soon as September.

E10, a new mixture of petrol and ethanol – double the amount used in current mixtures – could cut emissions by 750,000 tonnes. This is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road, or all of the cars in North Yorkshire.

The Department for Transport has stated that they will ensure all  materials needed for the new mixture will be produced and refined in the UK. AB Sugar’s Vivergo Plant will be reopened for this purpose, which will provide up to 100 jobs in the North East. Similarly, existing biofuel plants such as Ensus will increase production in order to roll out E10 as soon as possible.

Grant Pearson, Director of Ensus UK said: “The announcement today of the planned introduction of E10 fuel by the Department for Transport is excellent news -  not only for the environment but also for the British bioethanol industry. E10 will mean that the majority of petrol sold in the UK will have lower greenhouse gas emissions than today, when fully introduced.

Lowering emissions immediately for the current petrol car pool is very important – especially until electric vehicles can make a larger contribution to saving emissions in transport.

The benefits for the UK go beyond the environment, particularly in the north east where the Ensus manufacturing facility is based, and supports thousands of jobs both directly and in the supply chain. ”

This latest announcement is part of government plans to reach net zero by 2050. Recently, it was revealed that the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned by 2030.

E10, however, is not compatible for all vehicles, especially classic cars and some of those from the early 2000s. These vehicles will have to continue to use the less environmentally friendly E5.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was clear that this is a big step in reducing carbon emissions. He said: “We’re going further and faster than ever to cut emissions from our roads, cleaning up our air as we accelerate towards a zero-emission transport future.

Although more and more motorists are driving electric vehicles, there are steps we can take to reduce emissions from the millions of vehicles already on our roads – the small switch to E10 petrol will help drivers across the country reduce the environmental impact of every journey, as we build back greener. ”

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