‘Be aware’: E10 fuel changes ‘more beneficial’ but questions remain over E5 availability

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E10 fuel is a ‘greener’ petrol which is blended with up to 10 percent renewable ethanol, which makes it slightly more environmentally friendly than the previous standard petrol, E5. It is made up of materials such as low-grade grains, sugars and waste wood, making it greener than existing petrol.

This could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off of UK roads.

E10 is the new standard unleaded petrol in the UK, with E5 only being available at larger forecourts for the time being.

The Government website advises drivers: “Petrol stations that offer two grades of petrol will stock E10 (95 octane) and E5 (97+ octane) petrol.

“E5 (97+ octane petrol with no more than five percent renewable ethanol), however, will remain available at filling stations that sell two grades of petrol.

“Some rural, remote or very small filling stations may sell only either E5 or E10 petrol as standard.”

E5 petrol is made up of 95 percent regular unleaded petrol and five percent renewable ethanol.

The old standard of fuel (E5) is being replaced as it is not considered green enough as the Government pushes forward with its Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

This aims to move towards a net zero transport network in the UK by 2050.

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Tim Alcock from LeaseCar.uk said the petrol changes will help reduce carbon emissions.

He said: “E10 will be much more beneficial to the environment as it will contain 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent of regular unleaded petrol.

“Essentially this will cut down the CO2 transmissions from our vehicles.

“Drivers should be aware of this change and what it means, but sometimes we get given so much information that it actually confuses us further.

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