Biofuels: Standards

Transport written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Roger Williams Roger Williams Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made towards the targets that all petrol and diesel sold in the UK contain a minimum of (a) 2.5 per cent. biofuel by April 2008, (b) 5 per cent. by 2010 and (c) 10 per cent. by 2020.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) will come into effect on 15 April 2008. Under the RTFO, transport fuel suppliers will be required to demonstrate that an increasing percentage of total UK road transport fuel sales is made up of biofuels or other renewable transport fuels. The level of the RTFO rises from 2.5 per cent. in 2008-09 to 5 per cent. in 2010-11. The Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA) will report regularly on the progress that is being made towards these targets, as well as on the carbon savings and sustainability impacts of the policy. Further details are available via the RFA's website at:

No target for UK biofuel sales has yet been set for 2020. The level of any target will depend on the outcome of negotiations on the proposed renewable energy directive, issued in draft by the European Commission on 23 January 2008.

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