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16 Apr 2008 05:04:05

New biofuels obligation begins

New biofuels obligation begins
Fuels manufactured from dead plants have made it to the pumps as the government makes more effort to meet EU emissions targets.

At least 2.5 percent of all road fuels must now come from these biofuels, rising to five percent by 2010.

This is expected to save the government about 2.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2010

The Department for Transport rules mean fuel suppliers can supply the relevant amount of biofuel themselves, purchasing certificates from another supplier or pay a fee to release some or all of their obligation.

The government also requires proof of sustainability and finding will be published by the Renewable Fuels Agency.

Transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: "We know people are concerned about the environmental risks associated with expanding biofuel production and we take those concerns very seriously."

However several international environmental groups including Friends of the Earth and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds suggest the government has not done enough to protect habitats. ADNFCR-1235-ID-18555062-ADNFCR

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