Green fuel, Diesel and Government Targets
Green fuel, known as E10, may soon find its way onto UK forecourts. This is after government ministers were told it’s the only feasible way to meet upcoming EU renewable energy targets, according to an article in The Telegraph.
The petrol, already available in many global locations, is made with a 10% blend of renewable bioethanol. However, moves to introduce it in Britain have met with resistance for a couple of reasons:
The first is price; This green fuel is likely to cost around one pence per litre more than standard unleaded, and could also result in inferior fuel economy. This trade-off would probably be acceptable to the environmentally minded, but then there is also an issue of compatibility. It’s estimated that nearly 10% of vehicles currently on the road (primarily older cars) would be unable to run properly on E10 fuel. As such, as and when “green fuel” arrives in the UK there will be a clear need to educate drivers about the it.
However, ministers now seem to have accepted that the only way they will hit the EU renewable energy target is by introducing E10, so it could be on its way to a forecourt near you soon – unless of course the events of the coming weeks result in us no longer being subject to EU targets – but that’s another story completely!From Green Fuel to Diesel
Another fuel that’s come under the microscope as a result of climate change targets is diesel. According to a feature in The Guardian, there could be a price increase on the cards, with Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin now saying that a mistake was made back in 2001 when duty on diesel was reduced.
The government’s stance on diesel has markedly changed since then, as the world has become aware of just now much more polluting diesel can be. Unfortunately, this is of no comfort to people who switched to diesel cars while there was a perception this was being encouraged.
While there’s nothing to indicate there will be a diesel price increase anytime soon, one has to wonder if these comments are laying the foundations for a future price hike.