Ireland considers move to cleaner E10 petrol

Source: By The Times • Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The government is considering following Britain’s lead in making E10 fuel the standard petrol blend at filling stations.

Britain joined the US, Australia and several European countries in making E10, a blend of fossil fuel and up to 10 per cent biofuel, the standard petrol this month, with Northern Ireland due to make the change early next year. The biofuel component of E10 is ethanol, a form of renewable energy that can be produced from agricultural feedstocks. The previous standard in the UK was E5, the current standard in Ireland.

The Department of Transport said yesterday that the 2019 Climate Action Plan indicated that E10 would be needed to meet Ireland’s climate ambitions. It said the plan was being revised and the introduction of E10