‘Greener’ fuel could be more harm­ful

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

EX­PERTS say that the Gov­ern­ment’s in­tro­duc­tion of a “greener” petrol to meet EU reg­u­la­tions could cost UK driv­ers bil­lions of pounds a year and in­crease harm­ful CO2 emis­sions.

The move to in­tro­duce E10 fuel, ex­pected to hap­pen this year, has been branded as “ir­re­spon­si­ble” by What Car? af­ter it un­der­took the first ever real-world tests on the new blend of petrol. Un­til now, the fuel had only been tested in lab­o­ra­tory con­di­tions and the po­ten­tial im­pact on fuel econ­omy had not been com­mu­ni­cated to mo­torists.

The E10 fuel con­tains 10 per cent bio-ethanol and is be­ing rolled out across the UK as part of the Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to re­duc­ing green­house gas emis­sions and con­form­ing to the EU’s Re­new­able En­ergy Di­rec­tive. This re­quires 10 per cent of road trans­port en­ergy to be from re­new­able sources by 2020. How­ever, tests by the con­sumer group dis­cov­ered that E10 was less ef­fi­cient than the cur­rent E5 (up to five per cent bio-ethanol) blend of fuel across ev­ery en­gine type tested.

Fred­eric Manby

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