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Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

Transport written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the likely carbon emission reductions arising from the introduction of the renewable transport fuel obligation.

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

The renewable transport fuel obligation (RTFO) has been in operation since April 2008 and the RTFO Administrator reports, among other things, on the performance of biofuels supplied in the UK in respect of annual greenhouse gas emissions savings. Statistics are available via the Department for Transport's website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/series/biofuels

Verified data for obligation years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 suggest that 46%, 51% and 57% greenhouse gas savings compared to fossil fuels were achieved respectively in those obligation years. Unverified data for obligation year 2011-12 suggest that 62% greenhouse gas savings would be achieved in respect of fuel reported to the RTFO Administrator between April and December 2011. These figures exclude emissions from indirect land use changes. Verified data for obligation year 2011-12 will be available in due course.

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