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Volume 463: debated on Monday 23 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much biofuel the UK produced in 2005-06; and what the estimated level of biofuel production is for 2007-08. (151573)

Total UK biofuel sales for the financial year 2005-06 amounted to some 139 million litres, and provisional figures suggest that total UK biofuel sales for the financial year 2006-07 amounted to some 327 million litres. Further details are available via:

Some of these biofuels were produced in the UK from a variety of feedstocks, and some were imported. The Department does not hold precise information on the breakdown between domestically produced and imported biofuels, nor does the Department have a precise forecast for UK biofuel production in 2007-08.

The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, due to be introduced in April 2008, will significantly increase the demand for biofuels in the UK. A number of major new UK biofuel production facilities are due to come on stream over the next few years to help meet this additional demand. UK biofuel producers will, however, continue to need to compete with overseas producers to supply the UK market.