UK: New labels to identify ethanol, biodiesel content of fuel

By Erin Voegele | March 07, 2019

The U.S. Department for Transport recently announced new labeling requirements that aim to help motorists identify the correct fuel for their needs while informing them of the biofuel content of both gasoline and diesel.

The new labeling requirements are related to the U.K. government’s recent public consultation on the potential introduction of E10. The consultation was open from July 20 through September 16. On Feb. 27 the government published its response to the fuel pump labeling aspects of the consultation. A further response considering the E10 and consumer protection aspects of the consultation is expected to be published later this year.

According to the U.K. Department for Transport, all filling stations in the country will be required to use the new labels starting in September. The label are designed to help motorists pick the right fuel while informing them of the biofuel content of gasoline and diesel.

Gasoline that contains up to 5 percent ethanol will be labeled “E5,” while diesel that contains up to 7 percent biodiesel will be labeled as “B7.” The labels will appear on fuel pump and on the filler caps of all new vehicles.

The department also said the labels will be accompanied by a wider public information campaign later this year.

Additional information is available on the U.K. Department for Transport website.