E85 Ethanol in Belgium is starting to be marketed due to the undeniable environmental and economic advantages it enjoys.
Ethanol E85 is a blend of gasoline (15%) and ethanol (85%) produced from vegetable source materials,
also known as ethyl alcohol or alcohol, is a volatile, flammable, colourless liquid with the molecular formula C2H5OH. In Belgium, ethanol is also known as super-ethanol. Renewable ethanol" is produced from agricultural raw materials, such as cereals and sugar beet, as well as wastes and residues such as straw; "synthetic ethanol" is produced as a by-product of ethylene production using fossil-based raw materials.
Renewable ethanol is expected to play an important role in achieving Belgium's energy and climate targets up to 2030. One of the main factors limiting the potential contribution of renewable ethanol to the decarbonisation of the car fleet is the level of ethanol blending in petrol. One option to overcome this problem is the standardisation and use of mid-level ethanol blends in gasoline, such as an E20 grade that could use ethanol (up to 20% by volume) and/or other oxygenates (such as ETBE). Work over the last five years has shown that higher blends are a valid option for ethanol blending in gasoline.
A new EU report underlines Europe's continued dependence on fossil fuels for transport and confirms the importance of plant-based biofuels as a renewable energy source that can easily replace them.
In Belgium, there are projects for the construction of filling stations offering ethanol, e85 or e100 supply.