Gov’t Considers Increasing Ethanol Percentage In Petrol

Energy Minister, Dr. Andrew Wheatley recently revealed that Government is considering increasing the percentage of ethanol used in petrol.

The increase would theoretically lead to a reduction in emissions in the environment as Ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline.

As a primarily plant-based fuel, Ethanol can be produced from such sources as sugar cane, corn, or sorghum.

Petrol stations across Jamaica currently offer E10 fuel, which  is a blend of 10 percent ethanol from sugar cane.


Dr. Wheatley highlighted the fact that many other countries are currently using a 15 percent Ethanol blend (E15).

There appears to be some dispute regarding the risks of using E15 fuel blends but E15 was approved for use in model year 2001 and newer cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles (SUVs), and all flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2012.

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