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Biofuels: Air Pollution

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the effect on air quality of use of bio-fuels. (210061)

The Government have commissioned and published various pieces of research into the effects of biofuels on air quality. These include an evaluation of the impacts of vegetable oil fuel on the emissions of two light duty diesel vehicles and an evaluation of the potential impact of bioethanol on emissions of a wide range of air pollutants (available at

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/environment/research/cqvcf/dftbiofuelsevaluationofemiss3823

and

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/environment/research/ethanolemissionstestingmainr3843

or by navigating from the Department for Transport's home page (www.dft.gov.uk) to DfT home > Policy, guidance and research > Roads and vehicles > Environmental issues > Research, and then > Ethanol Emissions Testing: Main Report or > Cleaner and Quieter Vehicles and Cleaner Fuels > DfT biofuels evaluation of emissions performance from vegetable oil fuel).