Although it is still debated, the vast majority of scientists agree that man-made carbon emissions are contributing to the global warming of our planet. Scientific consensus is that we are approaching a permanent 2°C increase in temperature, the consequences of which may be irreversible.
Whilst Europe is usually considered as a global leader in the fight against climate change, its transport emissions are the exception. Transport is the only major sector in Europe in which GHG emissions continue to rise, not fall. GHG emissions from Europe's transport sector have increased steadily by 36% since 1990 and are now its second biggest source of emissions, accounting for 26% of Europe's total GHG emissions.
As a result, decarbonising the transport sector is considered a key objective of Europe’s climate and energy policies.
Ethanol is a clean, high-quality and renewable alternative fuel which, when blended with petrol, reduces GHG emissions by up to 90% compared to regular petrol. It is currently the most cost-efficient means available to reduce GHG emissions from transport whilst keeping European citizens mobile.
If all petrol cars in Europe drove on E10, a petrol-ethanol fuel blend containing up to 10% ethanol and 90% petrol, we would reduce Europe’s GHG emissions by 15 million tonnes, equivalent to taking 9 million cars off Europe’s roads for 1 year.