Government contemplates increasing ethanol percentage in petrol

Energy Minister, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is contemplating an increase in the percentage of  ethanol used in petrol, in order to reduce emissions in the environment.
Ethanol is a clean-burning, high-octane fuel that can be produced from common crops such as corn, sugar cane, potato, cassava and hemp.
It reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 50 per cent in comparison to gasoline, and keeps harmful chemicals like petroleum additives, out of  the atmosphere.
Currently, service stations across the island offer E10 fuel, which is a blend of  10 per cent ethanol from sugar cane in both 90 and 87 octane gas.
Dr. Wheatley said many other countries are offering a 15 per cent ethanol blend.
He noted that increasing the percentage of  ethanol content in the local fuel blend will lead to a reduction in the carbon footprint and not interfere with the overall performance of  motor vehicles.

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