E10 biofuel: Department for Transport explains why it’s ‘better'
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The new petrol changes will be coming in September and will replace E5 fuel, which will be reclassified in the form of super-unleaded. Around 600,000 cars will not be compatible with the new fuel, with some drivers fearing they could be left with higher costs.
With the Government pushing for a more sustainable future and the development of E10, some are wondering what the next few years holds and how renewable petrol can get.
Other countries have been using higher petrol with higher grade bioethanol in for many years, with some of Europe having used E10 for years and a small handful using E85 fuel, like Sweden and France.
One of these companies who are using renewable fuels in their everyday use is Seacat Services.
Managing Director Ian Baylis and the rest of the Seacat Services team, operate a fleet of support vessels which aid in the development of offshore wind farms around the UK.
He said: “It’s a bit of an oxymoron. We’re building offshore wind farms to decarbonise the planet but brushing many hundreds of millions of litres of fuel under the carpet.
“It’s probably a positive carbon offset that we’re up to but we need to do something about it.
“The thing is for us is how we do it whilst breaking the eggs to make the omelette and keep the show on the road and manage to build windfarms and set off on the wider decarbonisation mission.
“We’ve just been through an interesting exercise with the wider company looking at our vehicle fleet to see how we can decarbonise that.
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“Locally we can use electric bikes and electric vans, anything within a roughly 50-mile arc from where we are, if it’s dropping off and picking up bits and bobs.
“But we have to take stuff from the Isle of Wight to the North of Scotland – spare parts, tools whatever.
“We’ve just done the study and for the payload we need to carry, for the miles we need to cover and all the rest of it, it’s still a diesel van.
“All the electric’s and plug in hybrids do not do it.
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