Adding more ethanol to the UK’s fuel mix could massively reduce the country’s carbon emissions, according to a group of British Members of Parliament (MP).
The All-party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol claims that by introducing E10 fuel would cut carbon emissions by as much as taking 700,000 cars off the road. E10 is 10% ethanol mixed with 90% petrol.
The UK currently uses E5, which only contains 5% ethanol, introducing E10 would double the amount of ethanol and promises to make cars cleaner and greener. Other European countries such as France, Germany, Belgium and Finland have already introduced E10, which has been well-received.
With the diesel emissions scandal of 2015, many drivers have jumped over to petrol, causing a knock-on effect on fuel sales across the UK.
Critics of E10 say that many cars manufactured before 2000 won’t be able to use the fuel, as it could cause problems to the engine, but reports from Europe and the US where E10 is widely used found no such evidence.
While electric cars are a good long-term solution to reducing carbon, E10 appears to be a quicker and easily achievable stop-gap for the time-being.
“On the environmental front, it’s a cleaner, greener fuel at a time when we’re trying to address air pollution and tackle climate change. Cars aren’t going to all switch to battery power overnight and if they did there isn’t the capacity in the National Grid to power all of our transportation. ” Said Nic Dakin MP, the chairman of the all-party group.