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Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

Transport written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 11 September 2012, Official Report, column 130W, on third sector, what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on amending the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to reduce or eliminate fuels from food feedstocks.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

Biofuels have a role to play in efforts to tackle climate change, but it is crucial that the sustainability of biofuels is assured and that they deliver true greenhouse gas savings.

The renewable transport fuel obligation is the domestic instrument which implements the EU's biofuel requirements in the United Kingdom. Biofuel sustainability criteria are decided at an EU level, and the UK has pressed to have indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts, including those associated with the use of biofuels produced from food feedstocks, addressed urgently as part of these criteria. Department for Transport Ministers and officials have met, and continue to meet, with various stakeholders including representatives of the European Commission, UK and international non-governmental organisations to discuss the environmental and social impacts of biofuels policy.

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