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7.12.2010 10:00

Ethanol content of petrol will go up at the start of 2011 – New E10 petrol to be introduced into the Finnish market

At the start of 2011, the ethanol content of the 95 octane petrol, the best-selling petrol in Finland, will go up. The increase of the bio-portion in petrol is one of the measures aimed at combating climate change.

The factors leading to the change include the EU goals set for Finland for carbon dioxide emission reductions, the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and the EU Fuel Quality Directive aimed at at reducing the carbon intensity of fuels.

Currently, the ethanol content of petrol in Finland is 5% v/v at most. As from the January 2011, the petrol distributed in Finland can contain up to 10% v/v ethanol.

The new 95 E10 petrol is compatible with 72 percent of all petrol driven cars. The rest of the Finnish car stock can fill up with the existing quality 98 octane petrol containing up to 5% v/v ethanol.

New petrol grade delivered to Finnish service stations gradually

The transfer to the new 95 E10 petrol will not happen all at once at the change of the year because the service station fuel tanks will be refilled with the new petrol gradually as they become empty. At service stations, no changes to the fuel distribution systems or technologies are required on account of the fuel reform.

As soon as a service station storage tank has been refilled with the new 95 E10 petrol, the dispenser will be labelled with the new grade, 95 E10. This label indicates that the petrol contains up to 10% v/v ethanol. The label 98 E5 on a petrol dispenser indicates that this particular petrol contains up to five percent by volume of ethanol.

As a rule, at least two petrol grades will be available at most service stations in Finland, 95 and 98 octanes. Some specific service stations may only have one petrol dispenser, as for instance the refuelling stations for boats. In those cases, it is the dealer who determines which petrol grade is available.

Every motorist should check his vehicle's compatibility with the E10 petrol in order to avoid refuelling errors. Should a non E10 compatible petrol driven car accidentally be refuelled once with E10, there is no need to empty the fuel tank as there is no immediate danger of engine damage. It is recommended, however, that the vehicle is refuelled with the correct fuel as soon as one third or one half of the fuel in the tank has been used up. It is possible that the vehicle’s winter start-up and driveability may temporarily be deteriorated as a result of the erroneous refuel with E10 petrol.

Check your vehicle’s compatibility with E10 now

Every motorist should check his petrol driven vehicle's E10 compatibility before the end of the year.

In the Internet, the E10 compatibility can be verified at with the official listing of vehicle makes and models put together by the Association of Automobile Importers in Finland (AT-Autotuojat ry).  It lists the vehicles known to be compatible with E10 petrol as their primary fuel in continuous use. The precondition for E10 compatibility always is, however, that all fuel system parts of the vehicle are of OEM quality or equivalent. Those, who have no possibilities to use the Internet, can address the inquiries concerning E10 compatibility to the dealer or importer of the vehicle/equipment in question.

This E10 compatibility website launched in May on the server owned by Motiva, the association promoting energy efficiency in Finland, also contains information on the suitability of E10 to other types of vehicles and to small machines. The data on the website was collected by the Association of Finnish Technical Traders (Teknisen Kaupan ja Palveluiden yhdistys ry). The website data relating to boat engines was collected by Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat.

The general rule is that if it is not clear whether the new petrol with up to 10% v/v ethanol is suitable for use in a particular vehicle engine, the wise choice is to fill up with the so called protection grade 98 E5. While choosing the petrol, the car’s octane requirement always has precedence over other recommendations: Higher octane petrol may be used instead of lower octane petrol, but this rule cannot be reversed.

Combating the climate change

In the national long-term climate and energy strategy, Finland is committed to reducing her carbon dioxide emissions from road vehicles by 15 percent from their 2005 level by the year 2020. This means that Finland strives to achieve a reduction of four million tonnes in its carbon dioxide emissions, one fourth of this reduction being achieved by increasing the share of renewable energies in transport, in other words by increasing the use of biofuels.

The fuel reform stems from the binding national targets set for Finland by the European Union as regards emissions reductions, and from the EU Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) and the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). A further motivation for the fuel reform is the Finnish energy tax reform that gives a tax incentive to bio components that meet the sustainability criteria. This energy tax reform is due to take effect at the start of 2011.

Variety of measures required to cut road transport CO2 emissions

The reduction of transport emissions is a complex issue. A variety of measures will be needed to help reduce transport emissions. Improvement of vehicle energy efficiency and increased use of sustainable biofuels are two efficient measures readily available but more methods and technologies are required in addition to those currently identified.

For more details:

Press Contacts:

E10 petrol:

Finnish Oil and Gas Federation, Helena Vänskä, Managing Director, tel. +358 (0)40 581 6786;  Pekka Huttula, Deputy Managing

Director, tel. +358 (0)40 503 9465; Mervi Tepponen, Communications Manager, tel. +358 (0)40 562 1060

Vehicle compatibility:

Tieliikenteen Tietokeskus, Harri Kallberg, Doctor of Technology, tel. +358 (0)40 554 5991 040 554 5991


Motiva Oy, Jochim Donner, Communications Director, tel. +358 (0)400 416 572. 0400 416 572

Press Release by The Finnish Oil and Gas Federation, The Finnish Central Organisation for Motor Trades and Repairs (AKL ry), The Association of Automobile Importers in Finland (AT-Autotuojat ry), The Information Centre for Energy Efficiency (Motiva)

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