Consultation outcome

Introducing E10 petrol

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Impact assessment: Measures for introduction of E10 petrol

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Detail of outcome

We received 208 responses to the consultation. These responses came from:

  • fuel suppliers
  • renewable fuel suppliers
  • agricultural organisations
  • motoring organisations
  • local government
  • private individuals

Having analysed the responses, we remain convinced that the preferred approach outlined in the original consultation document remains the best approach to introducing E10 in the UK: we plan to introduce E10 as the standard 95-octane petrol grade available UK-wide.

We will also ensure E5 will remain available at all filling stations that supply at least 2 grades of petrol as the higher-octane ‘Super’ grade. This ensures both a wide roll-out of E10 as the standard petrol grade and UK-wide provision of lower-ethanol E5 fuel, which will still be required for some vehicles and equipment.

To aid the public in adjusting to this change, the Department for Transport has also published guidance for motorists on E10 petrol and developed an online E10 vehicle compatibility tool.

Detail of feedback received

A summary of public feedback is included in the consultation outcome.

Original consultation

Summary

Proposals on how to introduce E10 petrol for vehicle use throughout the UK.

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Consultation description

Consultation proposing to introduce E10 petrol for UK vehicles.

Unleaded petrol currently contains up to 5% bioethanol, a grade known as E5, whereas E10 petrol contains up to 10% bioethanol and is not currently available.

This consultation is:

  • proposing introducing E10 petrol as the 95-octane ‘Premium’ grade
  • proposing ensuring the ongoing availability of E5 petrol in the higher-octane ‘Super’ grade only
  • proposing amending the mandatory labelling of E10 petrol
  • launching a call for evidence on future transport biofuels policy

Introducing E10 petrol:

  • will reduce CO2 emissions from petrol vehicles
  • could help the UK meet emissions reduction targets

This consultation is a result of suggested actions from the E10 and consumer protection government response, and follows our 2018 call for evidence into whether and how E10 could be introduced in the UK.

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Introducing E10 Petrol: consultation

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Impact assessment: measures for introduction of E10 fuel stream

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Published 4 March 2020
Last updated 25 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Published impact assessment and government response to this consultation.

  2. Consultation extended due to 3 May due to COVID-19 pandemic.

  3. First published.