The ‘greener’ E10 petrol will be introduced across Northern Ireland from 1 November, with the government launching a new awareness campaign. The move will align Northern Ireland with Great Britain, as the government hopes to cut carbon emissions across the UK.
Drivers across the country will be able to fill up on the more environmentally friendly fuel when it is introduced as the new standard grade petrol.
Gasoline is blended with up to 10 percent renewable ethanol and will help Northern Ireland decarbonize transportation, as it is greener than current gasoline.
Its use across the UK could reduce UK transport CO2 emissions by around 750,000 tonnes per year.
This equates to a forest the size of the Isle of Wight capturing carbon every year.
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In addition to playing a role in the UK’s ambitions to decarbonize transport and reach its net-zero targets, according to the industry, the introduction of E10 gasoline could support thousands of jobs across the supply chain and boost jobs across the country.
This is something British ethanol producer Vivergo has already seen, with 100 new jobs since the introduction of E10 in Great Britain.
Hopefully, this is a sign of more opportunities to come for British industry.
It would be a “small switch” for drivers, said Trudy Harrison, the Minister for Transportation Decarbonization, which could have big environmental benefits.
The Copeland MP in Cumbria added: “We are determined to cut emissions from all our roads and clean our air, while accelerating toward a zero-emissions transportation future.
“Although more and more motorists are driving electric cars, there are steps we can take to reduce emissions from the millions of vehicles already on our roads.
“A small switch to E10 petrol will not only help drivers across the country reduce their environmental impact but will also create thousands of jobs across the UK.”
A small number of older vehicles, including classic cars and some from the early 2000s, will continue to need E5 fuel, which is why supplies of E5 gasoline will be maintained in the “super” gasoline category.
Motorists are advised to use the E10 compatibility checker to find out if their vehicle is compatible.
The Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Shailesh Vara, said: “The government is committed to supporting the growth of green energy across the UK and the introduction of E10 petrol will help reduce CO2 emissions on Northern Ireland’s roads.
“Decarbonizing transport routes plays an important role in achieving the UK’s net zero targets as well as creating opportunities for growth in our economy.”
E10 will see the introduction of renewable ethanol in twin gasoline, from the current E5 gasoline blend containing no more than five percent ethanol.
This will reduce emissions from millions of cars in line with government climate targets.
Gaynor Hartnell, CEO of the Renewable Transportation Fuels Association (RTFA), said the move was “most welcome”.
He added that most petrol cars on the road are optimized to run on E10.
E10 gasoline was originally introduced in Great Britain in September of last year.
Some drivers note fuel efficiency problems when first releasing gasoline.
At the time, the government said the switch could cause some drivers to see fuel efficiency drop slightly – about one percent overall.