The government has announced that E10 will be the new standard grade of petrol in the UK from today.
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.
Over 95% of all petrol vehicles are compatible with E10, and for those that remain, all ‘Super’ fuel will still be made as E5 fuel.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Every journey matters as we drive forward the green industrial revolution, which is why the rollout of E10 is so important. It’ll help us cut road greenhouse gas emissions and meet our ambitious net zero targets.”
“Although more and more drivers are switching to electric, there are steps we can take today to reduce emissions from the millions of vehicles already on our roads – the small switch to E10 petrol will reduce greenhouse gas emissions as we accelerate towards a greener transport future.”
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).