As part of an EU-wide drive being adopted by the UK to help drivers “choose the right fuel” a new set of petrol pump labels is set to hit UK forecourts in September this year, clearly indicating the biofuel and ethanol content of different fuels being sold while highlighting the emission advantages offered by biofuels and high-ethanol petrol.
The Department for Transport issued a call for evidence in July last year on whether E10 higher-ethanol petrol should be introduced to UK filling stations since it leads to a 2 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared to the E5 petrol that is standard on British forecourts.
While the Department for Transport won’t publish the results of the E10 higher-ethanol petrol consultation until “later this year” these plans to clearly label ‘standard’ unleaded as ‘E5’ indicate the consultation is likely to see E10 introduced before the end of 2019. As well as the mandated E5 label, petrol stations will have to clearly show the biofuel content of the diesel fuel being sold, with diesel comprised of seven per cent biofuel clearly labelled as ‘B7’.
With the UK is under pressure to meet CO2 reduction targets set out in the Paris Agreement, with the potential introduction of E10 fuel being one piece of this puzzle there are warnings that over 800,000 cars are incompatible with the higher-ethanol fuel; so it seems there is some way to go before we all adopt this type of fuel!
A Department for Transport spokesperson said the new labels “will help drivers chose the right fuel for their vehicle, whilst also highlighting the use of biofuels in reducing the CO2 emissions from everyday road vehicles.” helping towards its emission elimination Road to Zero strategy.
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