Posted: 4 April, 2017. Written by REA News
While Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) today (4 March 2017) vote on phasing out the use of unsustainable palm oil in the manufacture of biofuels, parliamentarians in Westminster can rest assured that the British biofuels industry has already headed of this significant issue.
In 2016 zero palm oil was used in the manufacture of biofuels consumed in the UK, and no palm oil derived biofuels were imported and used in the UK. This is because of an industry-led initiative that goes above and beyond the requirements of UK policy.
Biofuel in the UK is primarily derived from waste. Over £1 billion has been invested in the production of conventional waste-derived biodiesel and bioethanol providing c. 3,500 jobs, many of them in engineering and science. Domestic production facilities are located in the North East, North West and Humberside.
The use of biofuel in the UK is supported by the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation and is a central policy tool that supports transport sector decarbonisation as the roll-out of electric vehicles expands.
Commenting on the vote, Clare Wenner, Senior Transport Advisor at the Renewable Energy Association said:
“The type of biodiesel feedstock is the key to ensuring its sustainability. That’s why the UK renewable fuels industry has completely eliminated the use of palm oil and soy oil as feedstock. The UK industry does not produce any biodiesel derived from palm or soy, and neither do we import any palm or soy oil derived biodiesel from abroad.
"The industry in this respect is acting above and beyond domestic sustainability regulation, and is certainly far exceeding EU regulation.”
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