E10 mandate encourages motorists to make the switch

New data has revealed a slow but steady increase in the number of Queensland motorists who used E10, following the introduction of the State Government’s Biofuels Mandate.

The mandate, which was introduced in January this year, required three percent of all sales of unleaded petrol at liable retail fuel sellers to be ethanol.

The latest figures showed the percentage of ethanol sold at those retailers had increased from 2.05 percent in the first quarter of this year, to 2.21 percent in the second quarter.

This data was consistent with Federal Government figures which also confirmed the steady growth of E10 sales across the State.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said the Club’s calculations showed while there had been a significant increase in the availability of E10, there had been no drop in the availability of regular unleaded petrol (RULP).

“We want motorists to be able choose whichever fuel type they wish to use so retailers aren’t switching off RULP pumps in order to make the mandated E10 quota,” Ms Ritchie said.

“The number of retailers across SEQ selling E10 fuel has actually jumped from 47 percent in February to over 57 percent in September.”

Figures from the Australian Petroleum Statistics showed E10 sales accounted for just 1.42 percent of all fuel sold in the third quarter of 2016. Since the mandate was rolled out, that figure has jumped to two percent.