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Energy: Biofuels

Volume 700: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they are taking to ensure that biofuels are grown in a sustainable manner and that future production targets for transportation fuels in the United Kingdom and the European Union take into account the need for sustainable production methods. [HL2659]

The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation will include a reporting mechanism under which any transport fuel supplier wishing to claim a certificate in respect of any biofuel must submit a report detailing its environmental impacts. These reports will enable the Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA) to report regularly on the progress being made towards meeting targets under the obligation, as well as on the carbon savings and sustainability impacts of the policy.

The level of any longer term targets will depend on the outcome of negotiations on the proposed renewable energy directive. The Government will not support any increase in biofuel targets beyond 5 per cent until effective sustainability standards are in place. We are working with the European Commission to ensure that forthcoming EU legislation includes robust mandatory sustainability criteria for biofuels.