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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

1 November 2005

Environment Minister welcomes BP's ethanol blend to Canberra

The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, has welcomed the environmental benefits of BP Australia’s E10 ethanol blend fuel launched yesterday in Canberra.

Senator Campbell said work undertaken by the CSIRO has confirmed that ethanol blends have the potential to deliver a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of between two and five per cent, when compared with neat petrols.

"The availability of E10 fuel, which is a blend of 10 per cent ethanol and unleaded petrol, is an important step towards building consumer confidence in ethanol blends," Senator Campbell said.

"Much of Australia’s ethanol is made from starch waste derived from grain. To convert this type of waste into a workable fuel is a sensible way forward.

"The Prime Minister’s announcement in September on the Government's assistance package to the biofuels industry has prompted a range of initiatives from the petroleum sector.

"The news from BP means that moves to have the Australian Government car fleet use ethanol blends such as E10 are now more feasible."

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