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The new petrol is made of 10 percent renewable ethanol, which will replace E5 as the new standard unleaded grade in the UK. By blending it with a larger amount of ethanol, less fossil fuel is needed, thus reducing carbon emissions and meeting climate change targets.

When ethanol is blended at 10 percent compared to five percent, the carbon intensity of the blended fuel is reduced by two and a half percent.

Using E10 petrol can slightly reduce fuel economy (the number of miles you are able to drive on a gallon of fuel).

Drivers may see a reduction of around one percent, but it is unlikely to be noticeable in everyday driving.

Other factors – such as driving style or driving with under-inflated tyres or a roof rack – have a much more significant impact on fuel economy than using E10 petrol.

Mike Sticklen, ethanol expert at Lee Enterprises Consulting, spoke of the longevity of E10 and higher ethanol fuel blends, as well as its use in the USA.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “The US has used predominantly 10 percent ethanol blends in most gasoline for the past 10 years. 

“This has resulted in a cumulative CO2 reduction of green-house gas of 544 million metric tonnes.”

In comparison, the Government website states that the introduction of E10 petrol at UK forecourts could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year.


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This is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road, or all the cars in North Yorkshire.

Mr Sticklen continued, saying: “Consumers are becoming more interested in EV’s and HEV’s (hybrid electric vehicle).

“However, they are expensive, and consumers have range anxiety.

“Petrol with 10 percent ethanol and some 15 percent ethanol blends will be consumed for the next 10-15 years but slowly declining demand.

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