Green fuels adding almost £10 to the cost of filling up a family car

Posted: July 2, 2022 by oldbrew in Energy, government, net zero, Travel
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For how much longer?
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One of the many costs of carbon dioxide paranoia. How long do people want to go on paying, and allowing themselves to be bludgeoned into believing suspect climate theories while struggling to afford to run their own lives?
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Green fuels are adding nearly £10 to the cost of filling up an average family car, according to new analysis that will add more pressure on the Government to scrap their use, says the Daily Telegraph.

Petrol and diesel contain between five and 10 per cent biofuels, made mostly from wheat, maize and used cooking oil, the price of which has shot up since the war in Ukraine, even more than the cost of regular fuel.

As part of the Government’s net zero drive, E10 petrol was made the standard last summer, while B7 diesel was introduced in 2019.

While the price of petrol and diesel has risen in recent months, the cost of biofuels has increased at an even sharper rate.

The price increases mean biofuel adds at least £8.80 to a full tank of diesel in a family car, and £4.40 to a tank of petrol, according to new analysis from NGO Transport and Environment.

The additional cost amounts to 8p a litre on petrol, 50 per cent more than the Government’s recent fuel duty cut.

‘Questionable environmental benefit’

Morgan Jones, an analyst at Transport and Environment said: “Not only is this exacerbating the food crisis, it’s also inflating the cost for drivers – and all for a questionable environmental benefit.

“Pausing the use of crop-based biofuels would be a good start to help reduce fuel costs, but why not turn a pause into something more permanent?”

Boris Johnson was already considering scrapping the mandated use of E10 over concerns that it is adding to the global food crisis by displacing land that could be used to grow crops to feed people. The UK sources around a fifth of the crops for its biofuel from Ukraine.

Land for biofuel for the UK alone could be used to feed around 3.5 million people, according to analysis from the think tank Green Alliance. Halving the amount of biofuel used by the UK, US and EU could free up sufficient grain to replace all exports from Ukraine.

Environmental groups also argue that the use of land for fuel is contributing to deforestation and the loss of species.

The new analysis will add to concerns that the green fuel is adding to the cost of living crisis as petrol and diesel prices reach record highs.

The price of a tank of petrol hit more than £100 this year, prompting warnings of growing forecourt theft and high street losses of millions of pounds.

Full article here.

  1. Chaswarnertoo says:

    It’s still mostly tax. Around 240%.

  2. catweazle666 says:

    Somewhat O/T, but good for a laugh.
    Over A Dozen Cruise Driverless Taxis Blocked Traffic In San Francisco

  3. […] Green fuels adding almost £10 to the cost of filling up a family car […]

  4. oldbrew says:

    The DT article ends:

    The UK is now believed to be working with Germany on a potential bilateral action to cut the use of biofuels in the two countries. The move would allow Germany to claim it was providing an extra boost of support to Ukraine, after it faced criticism over its apparent reluctance to supply heavy weapons to Kyiv.

    The reporters believe it anyway.

    Meanwhile Germany has priced itself out of wind turbine production…

    01 Jul 2022
    Shut down of last German wind turbine rotor plant could put renewables expansion in danger

    The plant’s end comes just days before the federal parliament is to pass legislation aimed at speeding up the rollout of wind and solar power installations.
    . . .
    Turbine producer Nordex announced the plant’s closure already in February, arguing that high wages and energy costs would force it to reconsider the location in response to increased international competition.
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    Nordex isn’t waiting to be strangled by green tape or unnecessary costs.

  5. Johna says:

    I also understand that due to President Biden’s lack of scientific knowledge and technical acumen (similar to many other UK/US politicians) the US have purposefully engaged their farmers to divert a substantial amount of grain to supply methanol. Meanwhile many countries are being deprived of the grain exports from the Ukraine. If one also factors in the scurry back to coal in keeping the lights on and industry moving, one wonders why the West opted not to make coal have the ability to supply a realistic amount of energy for such strategic needs – irrespective of what these are. Moreover, with integrated coal gasification (tricycle CHP – ICHP), CO2 emissions are lower than (Gas/Steam) CHP and we get free H2, the plethora of chemicals and all by produce as we get from natural CH4 and Oil. Coal stocks and mines are also much less prone to disruption in hostilities and economies can seamlessly carry on if compressed CH4 from coal (CTG) was used in lieu of petrol and CNG. Diesel engines might be left for special purpose/strategic situations.

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    Plenty of evidence biofuels reduce efficiency by more than 10%, more fossil fuels are burnt per mile. Only government could come up with something that increases emissions, puts up petrol prices, requires more land and puts up food prices. And then refuses to accept that’s its a total disaster.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Energy rationing is inevitable without a fundamental rethink of net zero

    A dangerous world view is gaining ground, one that dictates we must atone for the ‘sin’ of prosperity

    30 June 2022

    Let’s take the 2050 net zero target as a given for the moment. There are only two ways of getting there.

    The first is to put in place by 2050 systems of energy supply that are both carbon-free and capable of generating the energy we need at a cost which people and businesses can actually pay.

    I don’t see how we are going to do this with current technology and the attempt to get there will be extremely expensive.
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    A rising sea lifts all boats.

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