Northern Ireland motorists will be able to fill up with greener E10 fuel from November – a year after the rest of the UK moved to the cleaner fuel.
E10 is made from 10% bioethanol and is designed to have a lower carbon footprint than petrol made entirely from fossil fuels.
Its use in Northern Ireland was delayed because the shift to E10 was subject to the approval of EU countries and the European Commission.
The roll-out will start from Tuesday, November 1.
“The Government is committed to supporting the growth of green energy across the UK and the introduction of E10 petrol will help reduce emissions of carbon dioxide on Northern Ireland roads,” said Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Shailesh Vara.
Around 95% of cars are compatible with E10 fuel.
Bioethanol is made by fermenting agricultural feedstocks such as sunflowers or soybeans, to produce a clear liquid that performs in a similar way to petrol.
Ministers said the UK-wide use of E10 could cut transport emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year.
“The small switch to E10 petrol will not only help drivers across the country reduce their environmental impact, but also could create thousands of jobs across the UK,” said Transport Minister Trudy Harrison.
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