The government has announced it’s looking into making E10 petrol the standard across UK petrol pumps from September 2021.
This type of petrol contains less carbon and more ethanol than the current standard unleaded petrol, E5, making it more environmentally friendly.
Introducing E10 petrol, which contains up to 10% bioethanol compared to E5’s maximum 5%, will reduce CO2 emissions from petrol vehicles by 750,000 tonnes a year, the government claims.
This is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road, or all the cars in North Yorkshire, with the government hoping this will potentially help the UK meet emissions reductions targets.
E10 petrol is currently legal but not widely available in the UK, whereas it’s the standard petrol in a number of countries including France and Germany.
Around 700,000 older cars on UK roads wouldn’t run on E10 petrol. For those that remain, all ‘Super’ fuel would still be made as E5 fuel.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps 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.”
This latest announcement is one of many recent measures aimed at hitting the government’s target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
As well as bringing forward the ban on sales of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars to 2035, the government has made moves towards promoting electric vehicle ownership by doubling funding for EV chargepoints and introducing the first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).