Jane Imrie

UK steps closer to net zero with launch of new ‘greener’ E10 petrol

The UK has made another step towards its net zero target with the nationwide introduction of a ‘greener’ petrol.

The government has today (September 1) announced the introduction of E10 as the new standard grade of petrol across the UK.

Blended with up to 10 per cent renewable ethanol and made up of materials such as low-grade grains, sugars and waste wood, E10 petrol is estimated to have the potential to cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year.

According to the government, over 95 per cent of all petrol vehicles are compatible with E10, with incompatible vehicles still able to access E5 petrol in the ‘Super’ grade.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps commented: “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.”

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