New 95 E10 petrol introduced in Finland
The new 95 octane E10 petrol has been introduced in Finland and is distributed by filling stations around the country. As soon as the distribution outlet fuel tanks become empty they are refilled with the new petrol. According to the Finnish Petroleum Federation, most of the distribution outlets in Finland are already distributing 95 E10.Currently, the maximum permissible quantity of ethanol in the 95 octane petrol is 10% v/v, while previously it was 5% v/v. All motorists using 95 octane petrol need to verify their vehicle’s compatibility with the new E10, because petrol containing over 5% v/v ethanol is not necessarily suitable for use in all vehicle engines or in all equipment and machinery.
When the maximum ethanol concentration of 95 octane petrol rises beyond five percent by volume, the resulting new petrol 95 E10 is a new and totally different petrol grade from the ordinary 95 octane grade petrol we were accustomed to. The 98 octane petrol continues to contain up to 5% v/v ethanol. According to the Finnish Petroleum Federation, the ethanol concentrations of both the 95 and the 98 octane petrol may vary, as before, within the maximum permissible limits because the fulfilment of the biofuel obligation is monitored only at the annual level.
Detailed information on the new petrol can be found at www.e10bensiini.fi and the car dealers are prepared to help with issues relating to its compatibility with specific vehicle makes and models. No comprehensive rule of thumb exists on the vehicle compatibility with E10, so every motorist should take the initiative to check his petrol driven vehicle's E10 compliance. The engine’s octane requirement always takes precedence over other recommendations: 98 E5 should be used in cases where the octane requirement is higher than 95 whereby the 95 E10 is not suitable for use.
The 98 E5 petrol will continue to be available in Finland for many years to come. It may continue to be available well beyond 2013, the year which is set in the EU Fuel Quality Directive to be the earliest permissible year to start making preparations to remove 98 E5 from the market, not a deadline for it. If deemed necessary, 98 E5 may be marketed even beyond 2013. This will be necessary in Finland where the motor vehicle stock is quite aged.
Because of the renewable energy goal adopted by the EU for transport fuels it is expected that E10 petrol will be taken in to use in most of the EU member countries within next few years.
The prevalence of E10 petrol in the EU countries is varied due to differences between the member states’ vehicle populations and taxation practices. The measures taken to promote the use of renewable energies in transport as well as the timing of such measures are determined by each member state on the basis of their unique circumstances. France was the first EU country to introduce E10 petrol. Finland was able to introduce E10 at an early stage because the necessary national regulations and the E10 petrol quality standards were adopted early on. The Finnish energy tax reform gives a tax incentive to bio components meeting the sustainability criteria and thereby additionally encourages increasing petrol ethanol concentrations.
More details for the press:
Finnish Petroleum Federation
Helena Vänskä, Managing Director, tel. +358 (0)40 581 6786
Pekka Huttula, Deputy Managing Director, tel. +358 (0)40 503 9465