The National Farmers Union (NFU) has written to the government, urging E10 to be introduced by 2020 to support the UK in reaching its net zero goals.
On 20 August, it explained E10 – which contains 10% renewable bioethanol – is an upgrade on E5 currently commonplace on UK forecourts, only containing 5%. It wrote letters to Environment Secretary, Theresa Villiers, Business Secretary, Andrea Leadsom and Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, outlining the economic and environmental benefits of a thriving British biofuel industry.
It explained British wheat growers were well placed to supply wheat for the UK biofuel industry but a lack of supportive policy was hindering its ability to deliver for the environment. Plants at full capacity could produce 890mn litres of renewable fuel, support 6,000 jobs and contribute £1bn to the national economy. It added that E10 would also enable the livestock industry to reduce its global greenhouse gas emissions.
Tom Bradshaw, NFU Combinable Crops Board Chairman, said: “The British bioethanol industry has a huge role to play in reaching the government’s target of a net zero economy by 2050 and the rollout of E10 would be a simple, fast and effective way of contributing towards this target. British growers have the means to deliver more renewable fuel for the nation – we now need to see ministers taking legislative action now to allow them to do so.”