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Bio-fuel consultation launched by DfT

Date: 23 February 2007

Stephen Ladyman

Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman has launched a green-fuels consultation asking the motor and fuels industry how best to reach targets set by the Chancellor in the 2006 Budget.

The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) consultation will run until 17 May 2007 and will also ask how best to measure the use of renewable fuels, such as bio-ethanol, and how to show the wider impact of those fuels.

In the 2006 Budget the Chancellor committed the UK to hitting a 5% renewable fuels mix sold from garage forecourts by 2010.

Stephen Ladyman said: "The Obligation will play a key role in making road transport fuels greener. In carbon terms, it's expected to be the equivalent of taking a million cars off the road by 2010.

"By consulting on the details now we are paving the way for the Obligation to start in 2008. In particular, we want to encourage the supply of biofuels from sustainable sources which save as much carbon as possible. I look forward to hearing people's views on this and other issues as soon as possible."

The consultation can be downloaded from the DfT's website.