| Oct 10, 2012
Cleaner air means less respiratory illness such as lung cancer and asthma. The many health benefits of ethanol blends are recognised to be the driving force for ethanol mandates in over 52 countries.
Why is ethanol called a renewable fuel?
Ethanol is called a renewable fuel because unlike fossil fuels, it is produced from a renewable resource.
Every minute Australians are spending about two million dollars on imported fossil fuels, a finite resource.
We need to be embracing alternative, renewable fuels such as ethanol, for our energy security.
E10 contains up to 10 per cent ethanol. Ethanol is 35 per cent oxygen, allowing a more complete burn in the engine therefore leading to better combustion and less emissions.
E10 and your car
Ethanol helps prevent build-up in your fuel injection system, keeping your engine cleaner and optimising the performance of your car.
The National Roads Motorist Association (NRMA) conducted a recent study testing the fuel economy of E10 versus unleaded fuel.
They stated, “The testing showed that the performance levels in fuel consumption between the two fuels were minimal.”
Driving style and driving conditions will have a greater impact on fuel economy than the presence of 10 per cent ethanol.
E10 and the environment
E10 reduced toxic carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30 per cent.
Carcinogens in petrol such as butadiene and benzene are reduced 19 per cent and 27 per cent respectively with an E10 blend.
Inhaling fine particulates from vehicle pollution may cause respiratory illness such as asthma and lung cancer.
E10 reduces fine particulate emissions from vehicles by 30 per cent.
The Australian Medical Association has said “In our opinion, there is incontrovertible evidence that the addition of ethanol to petrol and biodiesel to diesel will reduce the deaths and ill-health associated with the emissions.”
Ethanol adds value to agriculture crops, therefore benefiting regional communities.
A thriving ethanol industry would bring many benefits to regional Australia and create higher employment in regional areas.