Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from plants. It is currently found in all gasoline in Jamaica. Ethanol is a natural, non-toxic alcohol that burns clean and reduces greenhouse emissions by as much as 59 percent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ethanol is made from crops and other plant material. Most is currently made from field corn and sugar cane but new technologies are allowing ethanol to be made from other materials such as switchgrass, wood chips and agricultural waste. Standard corn ethanol uses the starch in the corn kernel - the rest of the proteins and nutrients are saved and used as valuable livestock feed called distillers grains.
All cars made after 1980 can run on blends of E10 or higher. Newer cars called flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) are designed to run on any blend up to 15 percent gasoline and 85 percent ethanol, called E85.
Ethanol has been known to slightly improve gas mileage. It has a high octane rating – 113 – and improves performance while keeping your engine clean. Ethanol also contains 67 percent more energy than it takes to produce, so it’s efficient for your car and for the environment.
Ethanol is made from a renewable resource (plants) making it a sustainable fuel that we’ll never run out of. It burns clean and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 59 percent helping to make the air cleaner for all of us.
Ethanol is a renewable resource. It’s made from plants, while oil is drilled from reserves deep underground that will eventually run out. As our planet’s oil reserves decrease and oil supplies need to come from sources like tar sands and oil shale, the price will only increase, as will the environmental damage.
Ethanol has become a viable energy solution ready to replace that disappearing oil. It also helps with the global problem of climate change. Today, the greenhouse gas emissions from ethanol are as much as 59 percent lower than gasoline, and improving constantly with new technology and practices.
There are currently two (2) ethanol plants in Jamaica.