Renewable ethanol biorefineries support European farmers and contribute to food supplies

Friday, December 1, 2023
European renewable ethanol is a domestic solution to address Europe’s dependence on fossil fuels. In 2022, bioethanol from ePURE members reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 78% compared to fossil fuels – a figure that only rises year by year. Most cars on the road today can effortlessly make the switch to ethanol-blended fuels – like E10 (which contains up to 10% ethanol) – and so can most petrol stations. If all petrol cars in the EU were to switch to E10 fuel today, the impact on CO2 emissions would be equivalent to taking 82 million cars off the road and avoiding 42 million barrels of oil imports. Existing carbon emissions are offset: the CO2 released from the use of ethanol in vehicles is offset by the CO2 captured by the crops grown for ethanol production. In 2022, European biorefineries captured 1.1 million tonnes of CO2.
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