On July 20, 2018, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department of Transportation launched a consultation to explore the impact of introducing E10 fuel to the UK market. Earlier this year, changes were made to the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) that requires transport fuel supplies to increase the amount of renewable fuel supplied in the UK beyond the current five percent ethanol blend, up to a limit of ten percent by 2032. This plan is a component of the Road to Zero Strategy, announced on July 9, 2018, a commitment by the UK government to dramatically reduce transport emissions and move towards a zero emissions future. The consultation is seeking views on:
- Whether and how to introduce E10 petrol in the UK;
- The reintroduction of an E5 protection grade to ensure standard petrol remains available at an affordable price; and
- The introduction of new fuel labeling at petrol pumps and on new cars.