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Biofuel backlash in Germany

10 March, 2011

Germany’s Ministry of Economy is continuing with the introduction of E10 despite a backlash from drivers. The Ministry held an emergency petrol summit earlier this month to discuss problems surrounding the sale of E10.

E10 went on sale in Germany in February but many drivers have been avoiding it because they fear it might damage their cars. There have also been press reports that some forecourts are running low on standard fuels because they have switched some of their forecourt reserves to E10.

The Ministry is pushing ahead because it says E10 can cut CO2-emission by 35% and will make Germany less dependent on oil. If drivers do not accept E10, it could cost them. This is because the law that regulates the introduction of E10 includes industry penalties of millions of euros – which could be passed onto the drivers.

 





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