Renewable strategy to focus on waste-derived fuels

2nd December 2016 | Recycling

According to a consultation, Government proposals for cars and vans to be zero emission by 2050 would boost demand for waste-derived fuels. The Department of Transport published three associated proposals which are intended to promote sustainable renewable fuels:

• Increase the supply of waste-derived fuels
• Encourage production of “development” fuels
• Set a maximum level for the supply of fuels made from food crops.

The consultation document said, “To incentives renewable fuels derived from waste feedstocks, we propose to ensure that wastes eligible for additional reward are genuine wastes that do not have higher value applications. We propose to do this by incorporating the waste hierarchy concept set out in the Waste Framework Directive into the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations Order.”

It is acknowledged that development fuels created from wastes using new technology have higher production costs. This is apart from existing mature, feedstocks such as used cooking oil or tallow.

Eligible renewable fuels would be hydrogen, biomethane, aviation fuels, biobutanol and fuels which are compatible with standard petrol and diesel beyond current blend limits.

Transport minister, John Hayes, said, “The UK has committed to considerable greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions – 80% by 2050 – which will require transformative changes across all areas of the economy. Transport, which accounts for around a quarter of our domestic GHG emissions, will be a key part of that transformation.

“Indeed, achieving our 205 target will require us to make the transition to near zero-emissions in transport, and it is the Government’s ambition that, by 2040, every new car and van bought in the UK will be zero emission.”

He emphasised that the Government was looking to ensure that investment beyond 2020 encouraged the development of waste-derived fuels and advanced fuels, while limiting the use of fuels made from crops.

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