The role of the RTG is to promote low carbon and renewable transport in the UK. The Group provides practical input into the development of low carbon transport policies and legislation with an initial focus on de-carbonising liquid and gaseous fuels for transport. With increasing policy attention to, and investment in, the electrification of transport, the Group set up a sub-group on ULEVs (Ultra Low Emission Vehicles) in June 2016 (see below). The Group’s focus encompasses low carbon and renewable transport policy as well as market and trade developments in the UK and the EU. It works closely with Ministers and officials in the UK, in particular the Department for Transport, and has contacts as required in the European institutions and sister associations in the European member states.
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Renewable Transport Fuels
Biomass and waste derived bioethanol and biodiesel, biomethane as a transport fuel, novel renewable fuels of non-biological origin
Main policy areas:
- The Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) and Technical Guidance
- Implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive, and amendments agreed in 2015, relating to transport
- Carbon savings and sustainability of biofuel production, including Indirect Land Use Change and voluntary schemes
- Mandates and duty levels for renewable transport fuels
- Opportunities for higher blend transport fuels
- Biomethane for transport
The RTG establishes Working Groups on an ad hoc basis to take forward more detailed work required by the wider Group. For example, Working Groups have been set up on meeting the RED and FQD targets for 2020, Advanced Biofuels, Sustainability, Renewable Gaseous Fuels for Transport and one Working Group is dedicated specifically to proposed amendments to the RTFO.
The Group maintains close contact with the REA Biogas Group on the potential for the use of biomethane in transport and the REA Bioenergy Group on sustainability and biomass availability issues.
ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicles)
The RTG has a permanent Sub-Group for ULEVs (see separate Information sheet)
Main policy areas:
- Security of financial incentives and regulatory security for new and emerging technologies
- Securing the sustainability of electricity as a transport fuel
- Local and regional market growth, including through pilots, concepts and demonstrators
- Addressing the challenges of decarbonising light and heavy commercial vehicles, taxis and non-road transport
- The UK as a centre for innovation, economic competitiveness and international leadership in low-carbon transport
The ULEV sub-group also works closely with the REA’s Energy Storage and Solar Groups on common issues such as decentralised supply and vehicle to grid technology.
Meetings and events
Meetings of the RTG are held 4-5 times per year, with the frequency of Working Group meetings depending on the activity level. The ULEV sub-group will meet as required by the membership.