Boss of Teesside Plant at Centre of Beer CO2 Shortage Explains How to Stop Future Problems
by Kelly Price (Teeside Live) Ensus says a change in the law on PETROL could secure its future – and keep the CO2 flowing to the food and drink industry — Bosses of a Teesside ethanol plant at the centre of the “worst CO2 shortage in decades” say a change in the law on PETROL could help secure its future – and keep the gas flowing to the food and drink industry.
Ensus is “one of the bigger plants” that stopped supplying CO2, which has led to rationing and gaps on the shelves as products from crisps and crumpets to cider run low.
Both are back up and running but bosses at Ensus say a much-needed mandate to allow more of their main product, bioethanol, to be blended with road fuel would allow them to increase production including its byproduct CO2.
The company, which uses wheat to make its bioethanol, has argued for years the Government needs to speed up UK policy on greener road fuel.
“At the end of the day, when our customers invest in [CO2] plants they expect our plant to be up and running all year round,” said Mr Pearson.
“We are very much encouraging the Government to support a mandate of petrol called E10 that allows 10% of ethanol [to go into road fuel].
“It would be the equivalent of taking 700,000 cars of the road.
“The extra benefit would be the CO2 would always be flowing to the food and drink industry.
“It would ensure the plant was online and producing CO2 because the demand for ethanol is there.
All new cars are designed to run on E10, which is available in other countries and is France’s main road fuel.
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