Bioethanol: the fuel alcohol plays its future in Brussels

Bioethanol: the fuel alcohol plays its future in Brussels


At the end of the summer break, the negotiations on the amendment of the Community Regulation relating to CO2 emissions from light vehicles resumed with renewed vigour. Among the main topics discussed is the environmental value of the biofuel known as superethanol E85. The battle promises to be contested because these discussions are part of the European project for the complete decarbonisation of the automotive sector by 2050.

The promoters of this fuel alcohol argue (backed by a study by IFP Énergies nouvelles) that its combustion reduces the greenhouse gas emissions of a plug-in hybrid car’s gasoline engine to the level of that of an electric car. active battery. A strange statement indeed for radical environmentalists who remain fundamentally opposed to any form of heat engine.

The plug-in hybrid still has a (small) hope of avoiding a ban on combustion engines in 2035.

However, the argument seems to have found its way. As proof, on June 29, the discussions in Brussels ended with the unexpected decision of the “Environment” Council of the European Union to maintain the principle of technological neutrality at the heart of the text. The way to say that it would be very stupid to force all consumers and all producers to one solution for the battery electric car, if there were other solutions to achieve carbon neutrality.