The UK government has announced a rollout of E10 petrol, containing 10% bioethanol, from September 2021.
Currently, petrol in the UK is of E5 standard, containing 5% bioethanol produced from materials such as low-grade grains, sugars and waste wood. E10 petrol could prevent the emission of 750,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, and the UK government says it is a major step in its ambition to reach net zero by 2050, for which it laid out plans in November 2020.
In order to meet the increased demand for bioethanol, AB Sugar’s Vivergo plant in East Yorkshire, UK, will reopen, while other biofuel plants, such as Ensus’, will ramp up production.
The news has been welcomed by the UK’s Tank Storage Association (TSA).
‘The Tank Storage Association supports the introduction of E10 petrol, a positive step towards meeting the UK’s ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero by 2050. The TSA has been clear that the bulk liquid storage will have a key role to play in the energy transition and in creating the necessary infrastructure flexibility to manage change in support of the UK’s net-zero goals. As essential partners in the transition, we will continue working collaboratively with the government, Zemo Partnership and all industry partners to lead on the innovations needed to succeed,’ says executive director Peter Davidson.