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US ethanol trade bodies welcome UK's introduction of E10

In a joint statement, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy, and the US Grains Council (USGC) have welcomed the UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announcement regarding the introduction of E10 in September 2021.

A busy street in central London. According to the UK government, evidence shows that poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, costing the country up to GBP 2.7 billion in lost productivity in 2012. The UK is one of 17 European Union (EU) countries breaching annual targets for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a problem which has been made worse by the failure of the European testing regime for vehicle emissions.

A busy street in central London. According to the UK government, evidence shows that poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, costing the country up to GBP 2.7 billion in lost productivity in 2012.

In 2018, RFA, Growth Energy, and the US Grains Council submitted comments as the UK Department of Transport was considering implementation of a nationwide E10 ethanol blend, sharing both the environmental and cost-saving benefits of ethanol.

In his announcement on February 25, 2021, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps emphasized how higher ethanol blends offer immediate environmental benefits. “

There are steps we can take to reduce emissions from the millions of vehicles already on our roads – the small switch to E10 petrol will help drivers across the country reduce the environmental impact of every journey, as we build back greener, said Secretary Shapps.

Current gasoline blends in the UK contain no more than 5 percent ethanol (E5). The announcement noted that switching to E10 could cut transport carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 750 000 tonnes annually.

The United Kingdom’s introduction of an E10 ethanol blend comes amid a global push to decarbonize the transportation sector and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is a welcome announcement that will benefit the health of UK residents, create more jobs, and accelerate the country’s goal of a zero-emissions future. It is also another example of how biofuels like ethanol are being used to help countries achieve their climate targets. We look forward to the environmental benefits that E10 will bring not only to the UK but to decarbonization efforts across the world, the joint statement read.

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