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Plant-based ethanol in petrol is to double in price to 10% from April

The plant-based ethanol content of all petrol sold in Ireland will double from 5% to 10% from the start of April, with the necessary legislation approved by the Dáil yesterday.

This is likely to cause problems for some older model cars, classic vehicles, some small mopeds with engine capacity of 50cc or less, as well as some garden, marine or aviation equipment engines and generators.

Fuels for Ireland Chief Executive Kevin McPartlan says he is concerned that not enough has been done to educate motorists about the fuel ahead of its introduction, reports RTE.

He calls for a public information campaign to educate motorists and others to allay any concerns about the impact of switching to so-called E10 petrol.

The introduction of E10 petrol will be applicable only on petrol and there will be no impact on diesel.

The Climate Action Plan includes a target to double the percentage of ethanol blending in gasoline as part of measures to achieve a 51% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

The move would have an immediate climate change mitigation effect by doubling the amount of renewable fuel used by all gasoline-powered vehicles, reports RTE.

Most petrol cars are E10 compatible and do not need to be retrofitted to enable them to run on this low carbon fuel.

E10 petrol is already widely available in more than 15 European countries and was introduced in Northern Ireland last year and Great Britain in 2021.

While most cars and motorcycles manufactured since the 1990s are designed for extended E10 use, this may not be the case for all, for example:

– Classic vehicle
– Certain models, especially from the early 2000s
– Some mopeds, especially those with an engine capacity of 50cc or less
– certain gardening, marine or aviation equipment, motors or generators

Newer vehicles usually have information about the recommended fuel to use on the inside of the fuel cap.

Owners of older vehicles may need to consult their vehicle or equipment manual.

The Department for Transport said a legal consultation campaign about the introduction of E10 petrol would start on 3 March and a public information campaign would run throughout March before the new fuel is introduced on 1 April.

The “statutory consultation” involves the publication of the required regulations, reports RTE.

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