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Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to introduce a renewable transport fuels obligation. (76592)

The Government announced in November 2005 that a renewable transport fuels obligation (RTFO) will be introduced from 1 April 2008. Further details of the obligation were announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the March 2006 Budget, including the level of obligation for the years leading up to 2010.

We are currently discussing aspects of the detailed design of the RTFO scheme with stakeholders and we envisage consulting on the draft secondary legislation around the end of the year. We are also developing robust carbon and environmental assurance schemes to deliver the best biofuels from day one of the obligation. This work is being taken forward by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP).