top of page


The APPG for British Bioethanol has today launched an Inquiry into Introducing E10 in the UK. E10 is a blend of fuel containing ten percent bioethanol already sold in many other developed countries including Germany, Belgium, France, Finland and the US.

This Inquiry follows announcements last year from two of the UK’s largest bioethanol producers Vivergo and Ensus - to cease and pause production due to insufficient demand in the UK where only E5 - a blend of fuel containing five percent bioethanol - is available. The Inquiry comes ahead of an anticipated announcement later this year by the Department for Transport on E10.

The Inquiry will be seeking written evidence from all private and public bodies and individuals with an interest in the production or use of bioethanol including:

  • Bioethanol Producers

  • Motorist Organisation

  • Farmers

  • Fuel Retailers

  • Environmental Groups

  • Department for Transport

Interested organisations and individuals have until 5pm Friday 10th May 2019 to submit written evidence to the APPG Inquiry Secretariat at Contingent on time, oral evidence sessions will be hosted by the APPG on 30th April or 1st May in Parliament to enable MPs and peers to hear directly from experts and the industry, with a final report expected in the early Summer.

Chair of the APPG for British Bioethanol and Member of Parliament for Scunthorpe Nic Dakin MP said:

“The British Bioethanol industry - which is worth a billion pounds to the UK economy - is in a state of collapse and the introduction of E10 could help bring it back from the brink."

“This inquiry will seek to better understand the issues and barriers around introducing E10 in the UK which is already available in many other developed nations."

“While securing the future of the Industry on which thousands of jobs depend, introducing E10 could also help the UK meet its carbon reduction and air quality improvement targets, making it an issue urgently needing further investigation.”

Grant Pearson, Commercial Director at Ensus UK Ltd.:

"After years of delay and false dawns, the bioethanol industry now needs urgent progress on E10 which if introduced, could bring this one billion pound industry back from the brink of collapse.

“As E10 is cleaner and greener than the current E5 fuel, making it available at UK pumps is a no brainer, but we hope this inquiry will identify any remaining barriers to its introduction and ways to quickly overcome them."


Note to Editors:

  1. The APPG for British Bioethanol is a group of cross party Parliamentarians with a stated purpose to “To raise awareness of the industry, its economic impact, the supporting role it plays for British agriculture, and the environmental benefits of the bioethanol it produces. To promote the introduction of E10 fuel in the UK, help provide information and provide a greater understanding amongst parliamentarians and consumers.” Further information on the APPG Register HERE

  2. APPG Secretariat support is provided by Ensus UK Ltd. Further information on the APPG’s activities HERE

  3. Ensus is a member of the CropEnergies Group, which is one of the leading European manufacturers of sustainably produced bioethanol for the fuel sector today. Ensus UK Ltd, based in Yarm, UK, operates one of the largest production plants for bioethanol in Europe, in the North East of England, with an annual capacity of 400,000 cubic metres of bioethanol and 350,000 tonnes of dried protein animal feed (DDGS). More information HERE

  4. Further info on the APPG can be found HERE

  5. Recent Ensus news announcements can be found HERE

  6. Recent consultation by the Department for Transport on E10 can be found HERE

  7. Nic Dakin MP recently hosted a Westminster Hall Debate on E10 on 16th January to which 15 MPs contributed. The full transcript of the debate can be found HERE

Recent News, Events & Publications
bottom of page