The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a campaign to educate drivers on the benefits of biofuels.
From now on, filling stations across the country will contain new labels that clearly identify biofuels and their contents so that drivers and fleet operators will benefit from increased awareness.
The scheme also encourages road users to think more carefully about the environmental impacts of their journeys.
Petrol and diesel will now have new uniform EU-wide labels, which will also help drivers when filling up in the EU, preventing them from using the wrong pumps.
From 6 June, petrol will be labelled ‘E5’ – containing up to 5% renewable ethanol; diesel meanwhile, which contains up to 7% biodiesel, will be labelled as ‘B7’.
Biofuels are vital in the UK, as they help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70% when compared to traditional fossil fuels; this is key to helping combat climate change and reduce emissions, therefore improving air quality.
In actual fact, biofuels could even reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90%, so this Know Your Fuel campaign from the DfT will highlight the role biofuels will play when transitioning to electric vehicles.
Transport Minister, Michael Ellis, confirmed the importance in terms of reducing CO2 from Britain’s vehicles.
He said: “Drivers should be aware of the environmental impact of their travel choices, and seeing this when they are buying fuel can help remind them why decarbonising transport is so important.
“Biofuels are a key way of achieving the emissions reductions the UK needs, and their use reduced CO2 emissions by 2.7 million tonnes last year alone – the equivalent of taking around 1.2 million cars off the road.
“Our new campaign will help drivers understand the role of biofuels, while also choosing the right fuel for their vehicle at home and abroad.”
This campaign follows a commitment in the Road to Zero strategy, to help end the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040.