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Climate & Energy Policy

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 would be irreversible.

While Europe is usually considered 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 since 1990, reaching +16% in 2015 (excluding International Aviation, +105%; and International Navigation, +22%). The transport sector corresponds to 21% of Europe’s GHG emissions in 2015, roughly 70% of which come from road transport.

As a result, decarbonising the transport sector is a key objective of Europe’s climate and energy policies.

Ethanol's role in decarbonisation

Ethanol is a clean, high-quality and renewable alternative fuel which, when blended with petrol, reduces GHG emissions by 66% on average compared to regular petrol. It is currently the most cost-efficient means available to reduce GHG emissions from transport while keeping European citizens mobile.

In 2016, by consuming about 5 billion litres of ethanol, Europe reduced its GHG emissions by more than 7 million tonnes, equivalent to taking 4 million cars off Europe’s roads for a year. 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 8 million cars off Europe’s roads for a year.