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E10 ethanol for immediate climate progress in transport


14 Dec 2018



COP24 Katowice - European, Brazil and U.S. ethanol organisations at COP24 call for urgent roll out of E10 and higher blend ethanol fuel to help address crisis in transport sector carbon emissions.

The United Nations IPCC Special Report of November 2018 highlighted the need to treble biofuels use in transport by 2030, to accompany a fifty times increase in e-mobility, if the 1.5oC limit on global warming is to be achieved.  OECD countries should act now on pronouncements that failing to take action is not an option by introducing at least 10% ethanol (E10) in petrol by end 2019.

COP24 negotiators in Katowice found overwhelming evidence that the transport sector is drastically lagging behind.    Progress worldwide is tiny compared to what’s required.

“Renewable ethanol is already the single biggest contributor to climate progress in transport worldwide.  But there is great opportunity for immediate increased application of E10 and higher blend ethanol fuels across developed and developing economies alike.  Ethanol works safely and efficiently in all gasoline vehicles, it brings 43% to 100% greenhouse gas savings compared to regular gasoline and comes with no adverse effects.”

- Craig Willis, Growth Energy U.S.A.

“Not only has ethanol enabled Brazil to cut its transport carbon emissions by more than nearly any other country in the world, it has brought energy independence and economic development to rural regions.”

- Elizabeth Farina, UNICA Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association

“COP24 repeatedly emphasized that for 1.5oC success it is the cumulative carbon savings starting today that matter most.  Practical decarbonization options, mobilized very soon, will determine 1.5oC success or failure.”

- Eric Sievers, Ethanol Europe

“Despite claiming to be a climate leader, Europe continues to lag in its efforts to decarbonise transport – even though it has solutions at hand that reduce emissions in today’s vehicles and will be even more effective with future technologies. For many EU countries having trouble meeting climate targets, E10 rollout will make an immediate emissions-reduction impact.”

  • Emmanuel Desplechin, ePURE

E10 and higher blends can be rolled out globally by 2030, bringing us closer to the 1.5oC goal.  Billions of liters of ethanol production capacity lie idle as governments of the world’s richest countries needlessly debate the oil industry. Brazil, Europe and the U.S. can provide all the volumes needed for full and speedy OECD E10 deployment.

Contact:  Daniel Murray,, tel. +353 87 775 0317

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