Uses and Properties

Sustainable Fuels groups the European producers of fuel ethers.  Sustainable Fuels members are dedicated to the responsible production, usage and promotion of clean, high quality, high-efficiency petrol components. It brings together producers of (bio-)MTBE, (bio-)ETBE, (bio-) TAME and (bio-)TAEE.

Fuel ethers are key components for the production of high-octane fuels. They are the clean and efficient replacement for compounds, such as for instance toxic lead, that pose a proven risk to health and the environment. Whether manufactured from traditional hydrocarbons or renewable biomass, fuel ethers are more energy dense than alcohols. They increase the efficiency of fuel consumption, while reducing the emissions of air pollutants, CO2 and evaporative emissions.

Issues and Regulations

REACH Implementation

A “Fuel Ethers” REACH Consortium was formed through which the manufacturers have joined efforts to prepare registration dossiers covering MTBE (methyl-tert-butyl-ether), ETBE (ethyl-tert-butyl ether) and TAME (tertiary-amyl-methyl-ether) mixtures.  The Consortium ensures the dossier is updated with the latest scientific evidence on fuel ethers.

Standards & Regulations

Sustainable Fuels closely monitors and is involved in the following initiatives:

  • Revision of EN228 standard on the requirements and test methods for marketed and delivered unleaded petrol;
  • Renewable Energy Directe 2 & 3;
  • Fuel Quality Directive.

Specific Issues

  • Promote the benefits of fuel ethers to EU and national regulators, car manufacturers, refiners and gasoline producers;
  • Address health, safety and environmental issues relating to fuel ethers.

Additional Information

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Mark Wells, Lyondellbasell


Aertsens Frédéric
Sector Group Manager


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