Are fuel ethers safe?

Fuel ethers can contribute to safely improving the quality of the air we breathe and the performance of our vehicles.

The safety of fuel ethers has been extensively assessed by both regulatory authorities and the industry. Their findings have provided evidences that they are a safe petrol-blending component.

According to several independent bodies including the World Health Organisation (WHO), fuel ethers do not have any potential carcinogenic or endocrine disrupting properties.

In May 2014, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) published a report evaluating the potential endocrine disrupting properties of five substances, including MTBE. The results concluded that there is no evidence that MTBE is an endocrine disruptor.

The EU Risk Assessment for MTBE, demonstrates the safe use for production, formulation and use as an octane enhancer in petrol as well as use in the production of other chemicals with the corresponding recommended operational conditions. Fuel ethers are not identified as substances of very high concern (SVHCs).
Read more about this topic on the Global Fuel Ethers website.