UK Government Adopts More Cautious Aprroach To Biofuels

Plans for a more cautious approach to biofuels, were outlined by the UK Transport Minister Andrew Adonis yesterday. In the light of the Gallagher Review this includes the proposal that the rate of increase of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) be slowed to reach 5% in 2013-14 rather than in 2010-11.

"Everyone agrees that to tackle climate change we must develop new and cleaner fuels", said Adonis. "But we are clear that biofuels will only have a role to play in this if they are sustainably produced."

There will also be a greater emphasis on sustainability and second generation biofuels, accelerating the development of two advanced technologies; pyrolysis-based conversion and algae as a sustainable feedstock.