The Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA) has published provisional figures covering the first year of biofuel use in the UK under the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO).
The figures have been collected through the RFA’s Biofuel Reporting Mechanism, the first of its kind in the world.
The figures showed that overall the UK has achieved its target of ensuring that 2.5% of all fuel sold in the UK is derived from biofuels, and that the biofuel supplied to meet this target delivered a 47% reduction in greenhouse gases compared to fossils fuels.
One target it was revealed that the UK did not meet was that 30% of biofuels should meet environmental sustainability standards, with only 24% of biofuel used in the UK meeting the necessary sustainability standards.
Chief Executive Officer at the RFA, Nick Goodall, said:
“These results have made tangible the evidence that sustainable biofuels are possible. However, some companies have failed to show a commitment to sourcing fuels that meet the required standard.”
Posted under Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy, Biotechnology and Energy and Renewables on 24 July 2009