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The E5, B7, E10 petrol and diesel labels appearing on pumps in Gedling borough – here’s what they mean

Motorists in Gedling borough will now have to familiarise themselves with a new fuel labelling system being introduced at petrol stations as part of an environmental campaign.

The Department for Transport launched their new Know Your Fuel initiative back in June which aims to educate drivers on the impact of their car journeys.

Fuel stations have been slowly rolling out the changes to the labelling system on petrol and diesel pumps since – though they are now compulsory as the campaign became mandatory from September 1.

The labels will be on all fuel dispensers and nozzles at all petrol stations, and on the fuel cap of new vehicles.

On new vehicles you can match the label on the pump with a label near the fuel cap.

And whilst the fuel remain the same, it’s important to understand the new labels to prevent using the incorrect pump the next time you fill up your car.

Here’s what the new labels mean…

The scheme will mean that petrol is now labelled as E5, whilst diesel features the label B7.

And whilst the code may seem slightly bizarre, the letter, number and new shapes actually reveal a lot about the pump’s content.

For example, motorists can easily distinguish between petrol (circle) and diesel (square) as a result of universally introduced shapes.

Whilst the letter and number instead depict the type of renewable energy and the maximum percentage contained.

The previously mentioned examples therefore identify ethanol up to 5% (‘E5’) and biodiesel up to 7% (‘B7’).

Transport Minister Michael Ellis said that drivers “should be aware of the environment impact of their travel choices,” with the labels acting as a reminder of the importance of decarbonising transport.

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He added: “Biofuels are a key way of achieving the emissions reductions the UK needs, and their use reduced CO2 emissions by 2.7 million tonnes last year alone – the equivalent of taking around 1.2 million cars off the road.

“Our new campaign will help drivers understand the role of biofuels, while also choosing the right fuel for their vehicle at home and abroad.”

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