Firing 'the starting gun' on green fuels for city transport
The Renewable Energy Association has been reporting on the new government regulations that are due to come into force tonight (Sunday) that will make road and air transport more environmentally friendly.
UK companies, it states, will be required to more than double the amount of renewable fuel they supply by 2020 under the new Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation. There will also be a new incentive for the production of novel fuels from wastes, and bring in sectors of transport that are hard to de-carbonise such as aviation.
Dr Nina Skorupska, CBE, Chief Executive of the association, stated:
'This is an exciting time for renewable transport. These new regulations will fire the starting gun on the UK's development of novel fuels for aviation and other forms which are hard to decarbonise, and build on our leadership position in the production of renewable fuels for road transport'.
' As the transport sector is now the UK's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions much remains to be done, and increasing the use of renewable fuel will powerfully complement the Government's policies to support electric vehicle uptake'.
John Baldwin, Chair of REA's Biogas Group said:
'The prospects are great for increasing the amount of renewable gas used for fuelling heavy goods vehicles. Running these HGV's on green gas reduces carbon emissions by almost 90% as well as noise.
'Fleet operators such as Waitrose and Asda are already converting to renewable gas, their drivers love the new vehicles and those regulations will encourage more fleets to do so in the future'.