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Biofuels and Tallow

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

During the debate on the draft Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations Order in the House of Commons Seventh Delegated Legislation Committee on 23 October 2007, I agreed to commission a review of the likely impacts of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) on the other UK industries which use tallow as a feedstock. I said that in the light of the review’s findings, the Government would consider whether changes needed to, and could, be made to the design of the RTFO.

The Government are keen to publish the review prior to the start of the RTFO on 15 April. The review will therefore need to be published during recess, and I will arrange for copies to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

The Government will take the findings of the review into account in EU negotiations on the renewable energy directive as well as in policy decisions on the future design of the RTFO. The Government will also ensure that the review’s findings are fed into the review of the wider, “displacement” impacts of biofuels which was announced by Ruth Kelly on 21 February, and which will be reporting in June.