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Biofuels: Marketing

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to raise awareness of the effects of more widespread use of biofuels. (201254)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government have consulted widely on their biofuel support policies since 2004. On each occasion they have drawn attention to the potential environmental, economic and social impacts of increasing levels of biofuel use. Ministers and officials have made regular presentations on this subject at conferences and other public events, and the Government have held a large number of stakeholder workshops which have been well-attended by representatives from a wide range of different interest groups.

Information on biofuels has also been made available via the Department for Transport’s website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/environment/rtfo/

and, in recent months, via the Renewable Fuels Agency’s website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/rfa/

The Renewable Fuels Agency will report regularly on the effects of the biofuels used under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). These reports will be made available via the RFA’s website.