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Biofuels

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many garages and petrol stations provide (a) bio-fuels, (b) liquefied petroleum gas and (c) compressed natural gas; and what steps he is taking to increase these numbers. (125552)

This information is not held centrally by Government. However regularly updated figures are available on the Energy Saving Trust website at:

www.est.org.uk/fleet/Vehicles/Alternativefuels/Alternativefuelsrefuelling.map/

The Government provide funds to the Energy Saving Trust to run their Infrastructure grant programme. The grants assist the building of refuelling stations for alternative fuels (natural gas/biogas, hydrogen and bio-ethanol). The Department for Transport also funds EST’s Low Carbon Research and Development Programme to accelerate low carbon vehicle technologies to the market place.

The Government encourage the use of alternative fuels through reduced rates of Vehicle Excise Duty for cars run on certain alternative fuels (for example LPG) and registered after 1 March 2001. Bio-diesel and bio-ethanol also both benefit from a 20p per litre fuel duty incentive. The Government are also introducing a Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation in April 2008 which will ensure a significant and stable market for biofuels in the UK, and is likely to mean that biofuels are available in low blends at the majority of forecourts in the UK.