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Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

Department for Transport written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent changes have been made to the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation; and what was the purpose of any such change.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Building on the success of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) in supporting a market for sustainable, renewable fuels, Parliament agreed changes to the RTFO through the Renewable Transport Fuels and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations 2018 SI No. 347 in March last year.

Changes made by these regulations include an increase to the targets for renewable fuels out to 2032, new incentives for fuels of strategic future importance to the UK, the inclusion of renewable aviation fuels and renewable hydrogen as eligible for reward under the RTFO scheme, and a limit on the contribution that biofuels produced from food crops can make to meeting UK renewable transport fuel targets. The purpose of these changes is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fuels supplied in transport, thereby supporting the delivery of savings required to meet UK carbon budgets, and to provide investment certainty.

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