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REA welcomes report claiming E10 could save public £100 million in a year


he All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol published its Interim Report today calling for the UK

to join other developed countries including Germany, Belgium, France, Finland and the US and move to E10 petrol. The All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol has released a new report on the introduction of E10 in the UK. The report has found that introducing E10 immediately could save motorists £100 million in the next year, following a rise in the sale of petrol vehicles. E10 is essential to improving air quality problems in the short term. The report has found that immediately introducing E10 could save motorists £100 million in 2020. The greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirement

for fuels which is currently set at 4% in 2019 is due to rise to 6% in 2020. Introducing E10 could reduce the impact of this challenge, which is most likely to be passed down to motorists in fuel prices, by £100 million. The report also draws attention to

the increasing numbers of petrol fuel car sales in the UK following the diesel gate scandal. As the electrification of vehicles gains momentum and costs reduce, E10 offers an immediate cost- effective solution to reducing carbon to meet challenging UK transport targets. The report follows on from the

Government‘s call for evidence on the introduction of E10 which was carried out in Summer, 2018, and is due to be published imminently. As avid campaigners for the introduction of

Executive of the REA said: “E10 has a crucial role to play in

the decarbonisation of UK transport and with the correct policy support from Government, could save motorists £100 million in its first year of implementation. The electrification of passenger vehicles is gaining momentum and whilst supply chains develop and costs reduce, E10 is essential in offering cost-effective and immediate GHG savings. “Whether meeting our legally

E10, the REA submitted both written and oral evidence to the APPG. The REA supports the proposed summit and immediate introduction of E10. On the launch of the Interim Report, Nina Skorupska Chief

binding climate targets or realising the more ambitious targets of net-zero GHG by 2050, we need to utilise all technologies available and the complimentary deployment of biofuels and electrification is a perfect example of the forward thinking needed to achieve this.”

Pöyry initiative for decoupling plastics from fossil based materials

Pöyry has developed a PlasticsToBio concept and initiative to address the global plastics problem, providing an affordable and economically viable concept to decouple plastics from fossil-based materials and turn all plastics bio-based. The concept looks at the whole value chain all the way from material suppliers to consumers, and demonstrates that there is a lucrative business case in replacing fossil plastics with bio-based plastics. “Societies, companies and

consumers recognise the magnitude of the plastics problem. Solutions to replace fossil plastics, including recycling, are in constant development, but so far there has not been a systemic concept to drive decoupling plastics from fossil based materials. Neither has increasing plastics recycling in a large enough scale been developed so far, and in an affordable, economically viable and sustainable manner. Pöyry’s PlasticsToBio concept shows that within just ten years, most fossil based

plastics could be replaced with bio- based materials,” says Tomi Nyman, Principal, Pöyry’s Management Consulting Business Group. The concept is based on two

key areas: a substantial increase in recycling, and the gradual replacing of fossil feedstock with bio-based feedstock in plastics production. An important tool in this

implementation is developing a global deposit scheme for plastics collection and recycling. Similar schemes are

already in use in various countries either on national or retail chain level. A partnership and value chain is set up between the retailers and recyclers in such a way, that when a consumer buys a product from a store, a deposit value of, e.g. $0.1, is charged by the cashier to the consumer for the packaging. When returning the used packaging to the shop, the consumer receives the deposit value back either directly, or as a receipt which indicates the deposited value. This amount of money can then be discounted from the next purchase in the same store. The returned plastic packaging is then regularly collected, transported and sorted for recycling and material reuse. Plastics should feature an icon

which states indicatively the deposit value for packaging, for example, as 0.1 or 0.2 units per piece in the relevant currency, or alternatively, show a value per kg. “There are, naturally, investments needed to make this change happen.

For example, we will need recycling sites, waste management and new infrastructure for collection, sorting and logistics. Pöyry’s concept shows that the investments needed to introduce this scheme and eventually use just bio-based plastics will become cheaper than sourcing crude oil today to produce fossil-based plastics,” Nyman summarises. The plastics production is set to

grow from 400 million tons today to 1 billion tons in just 30 years if no measures are taken to address the plastics problem. Pöyry is ready to start solving

the world’s plastics problem and help companies harness the value of recycled plastics and bio-based feedstock. More information: Tomi Nyman Principal, Pöyry Management Consulting +358504481067

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