Fuel Oxygenates Sector Group
The European Fuel Oxygenates Association (EFOA)
Uses and properties
EFOA is dedicated to the promotion of ethers as fuel components towards a cleaner and sustainable future.
Fuel ethers are components that can be blended into gasoline to enhance engine performance and reduce toxic exhaust emissions. Bio-ethers also represent a quick and straightforward way for delivering bio-ethanol into gasoline due to their ability to improve its compatibility with fuel systems in cars and reduce problems in the fuel supply chain. In addition they augment the greenhouse gas savings delivered by the bio-ethanol.
EFOA acts as the voice of the European Fuel Ether industry in a wide variety of technical and government initiatives and is recognised by the European Commission as a stakeholder on fuel quality and bio fuels.
EFOA members are producers of one or more of the fuel ethers, MTBE (methyl-tert butyl ether), ETBE (ethyl-tert buty -ether), TAME (tert-amy methy -ether) and TAEE (tert-amyl ethyl ether).
Issues and regulations
A “Fuel Ethers” REACH Consortium was formed through which the manufacturers have joined efforts to prepare by 30 November 2010 consistent registration dossiers covering MTBE (methyl-tert-butyl-ether), ETBE (ethyl-tert-butyl ether) and TAME (tertiary-amyl-methyl-ether) mixtures.
Project Management: ReachCentrum.
Assess and monitor the implications of the Renewable Energy Directive (COM(2008)30) and Fuel Quality Directive (COM(2007)18) for its members.
- Promote the benefits of fuel ethers to EU and national regulators, car manufacturers and gasoline producers.
- Address environmental issues relating to oxygenated fuels.
- The MTBE Resource Guide - a comprehensive guide to the safe handling of MTBE and gasoline (available on the EFOA website).
- Guidelines on MTBE/ETBE transport over inland waterways - Update March 2012. English, German and Dutch. versions available.
- ETBE Product Bulletin - download
- What are bio-ethers? (June 2013) download
- The impact of ethanol and ETBE blending on refinery operations and GHG-emissions, H. Croezen, B. Kampman, Energy Policy 37 (2009) 5226-5238
- Ethyl Tertiary Butyl Ether – A Review of the Technical Literature, Graeme Wallace et al., SAE 2009-01-1951