Drivers are being urged to think more carefully about the environmental impacts of their journeys through a new government campaign launched today.

Filling stations across the UK are rolling out new labels which will help educate drivers on the benefits of biofuels.

Petrol, which contains up to 5% renewable ethanol, will be labelled ‘E5’, while diesel, which contains up to 7% biodiesel, will be labelled as ‘B7’.

Michael Ellis, Transport Minister, said “Drivers should be aware of the environmental impact of their travel choices, and seeing this when they are buying fuel can help remind them why decarbonising transport is so important.

“Biofuels are a key way of achieving the emissions reductions the UK needs, and their use reduced CO2 emissions by 2.7 million tonnes last year alone – the equivalent of taking around 1.2 million cars off the road.

“Our new campaign will help drivers understand the role of biofuels, while also choosing the right fuel for their vehicle at home and abroad.”

Biofuels can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% compared to fossil fuels. The campaign is set to highlight the crucial role that they will play during the transition to electric vehicles.

Biofuels are made from a range of materials, including oil, fats, and grease waste. These are often recovered from sewage systems and water treatment works.

Last year, 1.6 billion litres of renewable transport fuels were supplied in the UK.

As even greener fuels, such as E10 (up to 10% renewable ethanol) come onto the market, the labels are set to have an important role to play in raising consumer awareness of alternatives to traditional fuel.

More information is available here

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