E10: renewable energy

Manufacturing the ethanol in E10 blended fuels has a lot of science behind it. Harvested sugar cane and sorghum are ground into a biomass mash. This mash is then mixed with water and an enzyme, then the mixture is fermented until ethanol (a type of alcohol) is produced. This ethanol and water mixture is then purified using a distillation process. The ethanol is then carefully blended with unleaded petrol in a 10% ethanol to 90% unleaded ratio. It is then transported to wholesalers and retailers.

E10 - blending process

Environment: everything helps

Topping up with E10 is a great way to help lighten the load on our planet.

E10 contains up to 10% ethanol – which is a renewable energy source. The fact that it’s produced here in Queensland means the ethanol doesn’t have to be transported around the world, unlike regular unleaded petrol.

Biofuels that are produced and used in a sustainable manner are generally a lower-emission alternative to fossil fuels. Ethanol-blended fuels can produce up to five per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventional unleaded fuel, depending on the crop and technology used to make the fuel.