BBC Farming Today on biomass and E10

During summer 2021, the standard (95 octane) petrol grade in Great Britain became E10. E10 petrol contains up to 10% renewable ethanol, which will help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with petrol vehicles and tackle climate change. Petrol in the UK previously contained up to 5% renewable ethanol (known as E5).

Hub Director Patricia Thornley appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today to talk about E10 petrol derived from sugar beet. The use of this bioethanol provides a minimum 50% carbon reduction, which, Patricia explains, could be higher through developing crops and processing methods, which could then give us more efficient land use. Listen here (segment starts from 4:30).