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Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much funding has been allocated to his Department’s infrastructure grant programme for low carbon transport. (279546)

The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Grant Programme (AFIGP) was launched in 2005 with a budget of £500,000 grant funding per year.

In addition, the then Secretary of State for Transport announced in April that up to £20 million will be provided by the Department to support the development of infrastructure supporting electric vehicles in a few lead cities and regions in the UK.

More broadly the Department supports low carbon transport through a wide range of funding streams and other policies.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the effects of his Department’s infrastructure grant programme on progress towards meeting targets on renewable sources for transport fuel use. (279547)

The Department for Transport’s principal policy for delivering progress towards meeting targets on renewable sources for transport fuel use is the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Grant Programme is designed to trial and demonstrate infrastructure to support a range of alternatively fuelled vehicles.