Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

Transport written question – answered on 7th May 2008.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to ensure that fuel counting towards the renewable transport fuel obligation is sourced only from sustainable and local supply chains; and if she will take steps against those producers, wholesalers and retailers which do not meet these requirements.

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

Under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), which came into effect on 15 April, transport fuel suppliers are required to report on the sustainability of any biofuels in respect of which they wish to earn renewable transport fuel certificates. Details of the reporting requirements are available via the Renewable Fuels Agency's website at

The Government have set various targets to encourage transport fuel suppliers to source sustainable, low carbon biofuels. The Renewable Fuels Agency will report regularly on the performance of different transport fuel suppliers against these targets.

In parallel, the Government are pressing for EU-wide mandatory sustainability standards for all biofuels: these could be in place by April 2010.

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kevin lister
Posted on 8 May 2008 11:30 pm (Report this annotation)

Jim Fitzpatrick has not said what steps will be taken against those organisations that do not provide sustainable biofuels. Tesco has already admitted that their biofuel uses Palm Oil, and this has been confirmed by Greenpeace, and they have also stated that they do not have any agreed criterion for sustainability.