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Alex calls on government to introduce greener fuel

  • MP backs Bioethanol Industry which supports around 6,000 UK jobs worth £1 billion to economy –

Today in Parliament, local MP for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, called on the Government to make a greener fuel available at British petrol stations. The new greener fuel called E10 would have a bioethanol blend of 10%, compared to the current limit of a 5% blend called E5 which is presently available at the pumps.

The new E10 fuel would:

  • Reduce Emissions. The introduction of E10 would be emissions-saving equivalent of taking 700,000 cars off British roads.
  • Improve air quality. Bioethanol blended with petrol lowers carcinogens, particulate matter, hydrocarbons, and offers significant potential to reduce NOx emissions.
  • Catch-up with rest of the World: E10 is already widely available in Europe and around the world. It accounts for 95% of petrol sales in the USA and is the biggest selling petrol in France, Belgium and Finland.
  • Make petrol cars greener. Sales of petrol vehicles are increasing, accounting for 63% of new cars this year. Pure electric vehicles account for just 0.6%.
  • Support British jobs. UK Bioethanol Industry supports around 6,000 jobs, mostly in the North East of England, contributing £1 billion to the economy.
  • Support the environment. The protein-rich animal feed made as a co-product from E10 would be enough to feed around 40% of the UK’s dairy herd, displacing less sustainable imported soy products.

Signing the pledge to support the 10percentgood campaign to introduce E10 at the Annual General Meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol in Parliament, Alex Cunningham MP said:

“I’m backing the campaign for E10 fuel as it would make the air cleaner for thousands of my constituents in Stockton North.

“Using this greener fuel would be like taking 700,000 cars off the road, which if placed end to end would stretch the distance from Stockton North to Moscow which is bonkers.”

“The Transport Department needs to stop kicking the can down the road, and make E10 available at the pumps without any further delays in order to support both the British economy and protect the global environment.”