Trudy Harrison MP transport minister

Decarbonisation minister Trudy Harrison

A new information campaign for motorists in Northern Ireland has been launched ahead of the introduction of E10 petrol there on November 1.

While 95% of petrol cars are expected be compatible, the campaign will encourage those who are unsure to check their vehicle can use the fuel using a Department of Transport website.

The campaign will also feature information about the new fuel pump labels that will be introduced.

Decarbonisation minister Trudy Harrison said: “We’re determined to cut emissions from all our roads and clean up our air, as we accelerate towards a zero-emission transport future.

“Although more and more motorists are driving electric vehicles, there are steps we can take to reduce emissions from the millions of vehicles already on our roads. The small switch to E10 petrol will not only help drivers across the country reduce their environmental impact, but also could create thousands of jobs across the UK.”

Secretary of state for Northern Ireland Shailesh Vara commented: “The government is committed to supporting the growth of green energy across the UK and the introduction of E10 petrol will help reduce emissions of carbon dioxide on Northern Ireland roads.

“The decarbonisation of transport methods has an important part to play in achieving the UK’s net zero goals as well as creating opportunities for growth in our economy.”

Gaynor Hartnell, chief executive of the Renewable Transport Fuel Association (RTFA), added: “Most petrol cars on the road are optimised to run on E10, and it’s very welcome that motorists in Northern Ireland will soon benefit from having access to this greener fuel.”

In Great Britain the move to E10 happened on 1 September 2021, and as in the rest of the UK supplies of E5 petrol will be maintained in the super petrol grade for vehicles incompatible with E10.