Syndicat National des Producteurs d'Alcool Agricole

E10, No.1 petrol grade in France

For the « Collective du bioéthanol », SP95-E10 must speed up its development especially with the replacement of SP95 by more petrol stations because SP95-E10 is the best petrol fuel for 97% of the motorists. The latter need better information regarding the compatibility of their cars with E10 by petrol stations, by automotive professionals and thanks to new E10 labels on fuel tanks flaps of these vehicles.


France leading Europe in SP95-E10 use 

France pioneered the use of SP95-E10 in Europe, in 2009. Since then, Germany, Finland and Belgium have also introduced it into their domestic markets. Several other European countries like UK and Netherlands are gearing up to follow suit.


SP95-E10: More eco-friendly thus more economic

SP95-E10 contains up to 10% ethanol derived from plant matter. Its environmental benefits are such that French authorities have been prompted to promote its use with appropriate tax breaks. At the same petrol station, it is priced approximately 4 to 5 cents* cheaper than SP95 and costs even less compared to SP98. Thierry Forien, Vice-President at Siplec, pointed out that “the E. Leclerc service station network sells SP95-E10 in 80% of its sales outlets. We pioneered the development of ethanol incorporated into all types of petrol. SP95-E10 is the cheapest petrol available and we are delighted to be able to sell this fuel about 5 cents/litre cheaper than the classic SP95”.

SP95-E10 is compatible with 97% of petrol driven cars on French roads today (list available on For Pierre Chasseray, Delegate General of the NGO 40 Millions d’Automobilistes, “SP95-E10 offers the best value for money for 97% of motorists driving a compatible petrol vehicle. It is environmentally cleaner and above all, helps motorists save money every time they fill up, without this hampering vehicle performance”.

Virginie de Chassey, Director for Public Affairs for PSA reiterates that “all Peugeot, Citroën and DS petrol-powered vehicles registered since 2000 are compatible with SP95-E10”.

SP95-E10 is now available in over 5,600 service stations, i.e. more than one in two. Alex Truchetto, Director of SCA Pétrole et Dérivés explained that “SP95-E10 is being introduced throughout the Intermarché service station network where it is gradually replacing SP95”.

Alongside this development, awareness-raising initiatives are targeting motorists, as pledged by the 30 signatories of the E10 Charter (professionals in the automotive and fuel sectors and representatives for motorists and for ethanol value chain, and public authorities). Francis Pousse, President of the service station branch of the CNPA (French Council for Automotive Professionals) reiterated that “by signing the E10 charter, the CNPA has committed to informing motorists as to the compatibility of vehicles with SP95-E10, via its members (car showrooms, garages, traditional service stations, vehicle testing stations, etc.)”.

Ethanol used in France is mainly derived from French cereals and beet which yield both food and energy, in compliance with European sustainability criteria. The SP95-E10 bioethanol content helps reduce CO2 emissions by over 50% compared to petrol. For Eric Lainé, President of CGB (French Beet Growers Confederation), “Bioethanol is a great asset for sustainable, diversified agriculture in France and helps cut GHG emissions in the transport sector”.


SP95-E10 has thus achieved lasting benchmark status as the petrol used by French drivers.

SP95-E10’s success comes as a great reward for this dynamic industry, as does the swift development of Superethanol-E85. This fuel is even more economical and eco-friendly since it contains 65% to 85% bioethanol. It can be used in Flex Fuel vehicles and those fitted with a conversion kit. A procedure to approve these is to be published in the end of 2017 in a decree issued by the French Ministry for Environment and Energy.

The French bioethanol industry is the leader in Europe, helping to drive the bio-economy, which holds out great potential for jobs in agriculture, industry, research and services. Bruno Hot, President of the SNPAA (French Syndicate of Manufacturers of Agricultural Alcohol) declared that: “We are counting on our new government to continue to promote the benefits of bioethanol, including in future EU-wide debates on the various sources of energy to be used beyond 2020”.