Millions of petrol car owners are missing out on better engine performance and reduced CO2 emissions as the government stalls on introducing new low-carbon fuel., claims new research. Earlier this week the Government announced its intention to introduce E10 petrol, a lower-carbon fuel.
However, the Government is opportunely stalling on the introduction of the new fuel, which means that up to 2.7 million motorists are losing out, suggests a new report. The fuel contains twice as much bioethanol as the existing E5 fuel and because of this it produces less carbon when used in an engine.
According to the report from the All-Party Group for British Bioethanol (APGBB) the government’s “unwarranted caution” is preventing millions of drivers from using the “optimal” fuel for their car. The report states that almost 95 per cent of petrol cars on the road are capable of using the E10 petrol, which means the majority of motorists would benefit from it.
In addition to this, 2.7 million of those cars have been designed to use it. Vehicles using E10 petrol would benefit from a reduction in carbon emissions and also improved engine performance. A reduction in CO2 emissions is paramount due to the report released earlier this year stating that CO2 emissions rose for the first time in 14 years.
The rise is expected to be caused by motorists that would’ve previously bought diesel cars switching to petrol. This is due to the condemnation of diesel following the VW scandal. E10 fuel is currently used in France and the USA but the UK Government is sceptical about introducing it as they believe it would alienate poorer households that cannot afford a new vehicle designed to use this fuel. However, the report suggests that under five per cent of petrol cars in Britain would not be able to be used with the new fuel.
The APGBB also claims that a large proportion of these vehicles belong to registered owners in affluent areas with a percentage being classic or ‘hobby’ cars. MP Nic Dakin, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, said: “The Government has been unnecessarily hesitant to take the action needed to introduce E10, despite being faced with its own legally binding 2020 targets with regards to tackling climate change, and their current legal challenge to air quality and pollution in inner cities.
“There is a clear need for Government to take immediate action and for its policies to reflect the realities of the vehicle fleet on the road in the short to medium term. “Tackling transport emissions immediately is vital for our environment and our public health, and E10 is one of the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective ways of doing this in the short-term. “I hope that the Department for Transport takes on board the findings of this report and gains the confidence needed to tackle transport emissions through the implementation of E10.”