What is E10?

E is for Ethanol

10 is for 10%

E10 is a petrol grade containing up to 10% ethanol – a renewable fuel produced from sustainably grown crops, wastes and residues that significantly reduces transport greenhouse gas emissions. It is sold in many countries around the world and is compatible with nearly all petrol cars on the road today in Europe.

What is Ethanol?

Ethanol is an alcohol, and is used for a variety of purposes – including as a renewable fuel blended into petrol. Renewable ethanol is produced sustainably from biomass feedstock – mainly cereals and sugar beet, but also processing residues and waste. It is used around the world to reduce the carbon footprint of petrol, boost engine efficiency and performance, and lower costs.

How Is Ethanol Produced?

Renewable ethanol is manufactured in a biorefinery by fermenting sugars into alcohol. In the EU, these sugars typically come from a variety of agricultural sources such as wheat, corn, barley, rye, triticale, and sugar beet. While the feedstock used typically varies depending on market conditions, the majority of renewable ethanol biorefineries are built to specifically process either grains or sugar beets. Advanced ethanol is produced by using agricultural residues such as straw, non-food lignocellulosic materials and waste.

Ethanol Biorefineries:

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What is the difference between fossil fuels and renewable ethanol?

The story of fossil fuels dates back hundreds of millions of years, as the decayed remains of dead plants and sea creatures piled up on seafloors and swamp beds and turned into fossil fuels. In contrast, ethanol is a renewable energy source since the raw material can be grown indefinitely or it can be made from waste and residues.

Why is ethanol less carbon-intensive than petrol?

You might wonder why ethanol is less carbon-intensive since it is burned in your engine. The answer comes from the raw material. The plants used to produce ethanol absorb CO2 during their growth, which offset the CO2 emitted once ethanol is combusted. Waste and residues that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated can also be used to produce ethanol.