Science & environment

Germany: Biofuel E10 inflames motorists

8 March 2011
Presseurop
Bild

Bild, 8 March 2011

New fuel is causing havoc in Germany. “Super E10? Nein, tanke” (No, thank you), leads Bild, playing on the word “Tanke” (service station). The tabloid explains why the introduction of the biofuel E10 on the German market in February is "madness". "E" means "ethanol", and "10" stands for the percentage of bioethanol in the fuel, up from the five percent previously. In bringing in the biofuel Germany has fulfilled the European objective to have biofuels account for 10 percent of total fuel consumption in Europe by 2020. But not all engines can burn this fuel, which has sparked a furious boycott by motorists. The government has deployed an industry representative to a “petrol summit” on Tuesday, hoping to save the day. But for Bild the matter is clear: harmful to engines, to the climate and to the rainforest, a guzzler of resources, expensive, and encouraging famines – E10 is a flop.