'In addition, the petroleum industry itself has an interest in selling E10 because it is legally obliged to bring biofuels onto the market. ' From January 1st, if available, motorists will be able to fill up with fuel with a ten percent admixture of ethanol. However, there are also signals from the oil industry that motorists will have to reckon with price increases, possibly for the “old” super petrol.
90 percent of all vehicles can fill up with E10. The new super fuel should make a contribution to climate protection. For old cars whose engines cannot handle the higher proportion of biofuel, fuel with an ethanol content of five percent must continue to be offered until 2013.
No competitor for food production
Sauter emphasized that the regulation was not enough to achieve the goal of a ten percent biofuel share by 2020. 'Because it provides for a practically constant proportion of biofuels for the coming years, which would have to be increased by leaps and bounds from 2017 in order to reach the ten percent target in 2020.'
Sauter rejected the criticism, that biofuel does not make sense because it competes with food production. According to a current calculation by the World Bank, only 1.5 percent of the world's arable land would be used for the production of biofuels. 'In Europe only two percent of the grain harvest is used for ethanol', emphasized Sauter.