Uses and Properties

The European Fuel Oxygenated Association (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

REACH Implementation

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.

Specific Issues

  • Promote the benefits of fuel ethers to EU and national regulators, car manufacturers and gasoline producers
  • Address environmental issues relating to oxygenated fuels

Additional Information