As of today, 12 October, the new European directive concerning fuel labelling has come into effect.

All 28 member-states of the European Union alongside seven neighbours (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Macedonia, Serbia, Switzerland, and Turkey) will now use a harmonised labelling system for different types of fuel.

Petrol types will be replaced by a circle with the letter E. Following this letter will be either 5, 10, or 85. These numbers mark the percentage of biofuel. As for the specifics, both 95 and 98 octane unleaded petrol will have the same name: E5. 95-E10, a mixture of unleaded petrol and ethanol, will have the name E10Superethanol will have the symbol E85.

Diesel fuels will be marked by squares with the letter B. B7 will refer to diesel with 7% of biodiesel and B10 will refer to diesel with 10% of biodiesel. Synthetic diesel will have the abbreviation XTL.

Gases, such as hydrogen (H2), natural compressed gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and liquefied natural gas (LNG), will have a diamond symbol alongside the listed acronyms.


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The below graphic shows the new names from the French to the universal system. For now, the two types of labelling will remain together for customers to get used to the new labelling system.

Fuel prices

A litre of 95 octane unleaded petrol (E5) will now cost  €1.278. The price has fallen by 1.4 cents.

The price of a litre of 98 octane unleaded petrol (also E5) has also fallen by 1.4 cents to €1.336.

Two-stroke oil has also undergone a price drop of 1.4 cents and now costs €1.778 per litre.


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