North East Devolution and Levelling Up

‘E10 petrol will cut emissions and boost North East economy’ – DfT

This month’s rollout of green E10 petrol as the standard grade petrol at pumps throughout Britain, announced today, will create 200 direct jobs in the North East and support many more in the local economy, as well as cutting emissions, according to the government.

The announcement by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is another boost for the region’s accelerating green industrial revolution.

According to the Department for Transport (DfT) the switch to E10 petrol could cut carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road each year at the same time as boosting job opportunities in the North East.

E10 petrol is blended with up to 10% renewable ethanol and made up of materials such as low-grade grains, sugars and waste wood, making it greener than existing petrol.

According to the DfT the E10 rollout will support the increased production of biofuels at bioethanol plants in the North East, including at Wilton, near Redcar, providing around 200 skilled jobs directly and supporting thousands in the wider local economy including in the agriculture sector that supply the feed-wheat needed to run the plant.

This will help to build a new green economy, revitalising our industrial heartlands and supporting the UK’s wider bioeconomy as we build back greener from the pandemic, said the DfT.

Over 95% of all petrol vehicles are compatible with E10, with the small number of older vehicles, including classic cars and some from the early 2000s still able to access E5 petrol in the ‘Super’ grade. Motorists should use the government’s free online E10 checker to see if their vehicle is compatible.

E10 will not be more expensive at the pump than current standard petrol. Although using E10 petrol can marginally impact fuel economy – generally around 1% – this will be almost unnoticeable to most drivers when making every day journeys, according to the DfT.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

‘Although more and more drivers are switching to electric, there are steps we can take today to reduce emissions from the millions of vehicles already on our roads – the small switch to E10 petrol will reduce greenhouse gas emissions as we accelerate towards a greener transport future.’

Edmund King OBE, AA president, said

‘This is a positive and simple step to help reduce the carbon impact from road transport. While the vast majority of vehicles will be unaffected by the change, it is important for owners of older cars to use the government’s vehicle checker to see if they can use E10.

‘Even if E10 is put in a non-compliant vehicle, drivers should not panic and can simply put super unleaded in their tank at the next available opportunity.’