E10 represents the fastest, most cost-effective and straightforward channel for the UK to de-carbonise transport, improve air quality and meet EU emissions and the UK’s own carbon targets.*
UK transport emissions have increased from 20% in 2008 to 23% in 2014. There has been little improvement to carbon emissions since 1990!*
Tackling climate change and air quality issues are two of the biggest challenges we face. The Government needs to make up for lost time and we’re calling on the Department for Transport to support and push through the swift and coordinated roll-out of E10.
The UK is languishing behind much of Europe and the rest of the world in the adoption of greener fuels, with worsening air quality and seemingly no plan in place to meet policy which states that by 2020, 10% of all transport fuel must come from renewable sources.*
The UK’s Fifth Carbon Budget also states that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 57% by 2030, relative to 1990 levels, with a 43% reduction in domestic transport*
E10 can play an important role immediately. UK petrol already contains up to 5% ethanol, whilst other solutions such as electric vehicles rely on a shift in consumer choice/behaviour, E10 does not. What’s more, almost all cars built since 2000 can use bioethanol without any changes to the vehicle and all cars since March 2016 are fully optimised for E10.
Without this important regulatory progress, the UK could be forgoing an opportunity to immediately and significantly reducing transport emissions and delivering benefits to motorists, as well as fuelling economic growth for years to come.
E10 is a renewable transport fuel
consisting of unleaded petrol
blended with 10% bioethanol.
That’s roughly double the amount contained currently in the petrol motorists buy from UK pumps.*
The use of E10 in transport fuel has the potential to significantly reduce global emission levels and help slow the rapid rate of climate change.*
It has been successfully introduced at pumps in many countries, including Brazil, New Zealand and the USA. As well as in Europe, where it is proving increasingly popular in Finland, France and Germany. However, it is not yet available in the UK.
A simple fermentation process is used to create bioethanol, which is essentially a form of alcohol.*
This bioethanol is then sold into the fuel industry for use in petrol – in the UK currently, unleaded petrol contains up to 5% bioethanol.
Bioethanol is often produced from plants containing sugar or starch, such as feed-grade wheat, which is most commonly used to feed animals, sugar cane or maize. In the UK, Vivergo Fuels uses UK feed-grade wheat which is home-grown and sourced from local farmers. This is very different to milling wheat which is used in bread making and other core food products.
European and UK bioethanol is NOT made from crops used in human food production.
As well as efficiently converting animal wheat into fuel, a bi-product of Vivergo Fuels’ process is high-protein animal feed, reducing Europe’s reliance on imported protein for livestock and dairy.
E10 is a safe and reliable fuel that has been used around the world, including in Australia, France, Germany and the USA, for many years.
The bioethanol in E10 is 35% oxygen, allowing a more complete burn in the engine, therefore leading to better combustion and fewer emissions.*
Bioethanol helps prevent build-up in your fuel injection system, keeping your engine cleaner and optimising the performance of your car.
What’s more, over 90% of the petrol vehicles currently in the UK are compatible with E10.*
From March 2016, every new car has been optimised to run on E10.*
The use of E10 in transport fuel has the potential to significantly reduce global emission levels and slow the rapid rate of climate change.*
To put it in context, a switch to E10 from existing blends in the UK would be equivalent to taking 700,000 cars off the road.*
Historically, much of the feed-grade wheat grown in the UK had been exported into mainland Europe to feed animals and for use in European biofuel production, often for a reduced price. Following the creation of a number of bioethanol facilities in the UK, including Vivergo Fuel’s Saltend plant in 2013, UK farmers have been taking advantage of an alternative and financially beneficial market for their feed-grade wheat.
As the UK’s largest “tip” point, Vivergo Fuels offers 365 day demand for arable farmers, providing a new sales channel, often giving more competitive rates for their feed wheat as opposed to the previous export of this commodity. The introduction of E10 would bring stability to wheat markets for UK farmers, ensuring a fair price for both parties.
UK farmers have benefitted from a local market for their feed-grade wheat. As well as supporting local farmers, the bioethanol industry serves to bolster the economy. In the UK alone, Vivergo Fuels has, directly and indirectly, already created thousands of jobs in the UK economy, and this figure would increase significantly if E10 was to be introduced at petrol pumps.
Find out more about how Vivergo Fuels, the UK’s largest producer of bioethanol is delivering for the environment, the economy and agriculture.