This week, Proper Oils attended a Department for Transport stakeholders’ workshop – we were hoping for some news from the government on their updates to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO).
We wrote about this in last week’s blog – Why we’re lobbying the government for tighter carbon targets for the biodiesel industry – but, for a bit of background, the RTFO requires road transport fuel companies producing more than 450,000 litres of fuel a year to source 4.75% of their supply from renewable biofuels.
The RTFO has also set out an increased target of 10% by 2020. This means that by then, road transport fuel companies must be sourcing 10% of the fuel they produce from renewable sources.
And in order for industry to meet these goals, it needs government to step up with some more detail and a plan.
However, with nothing new to report on this from the workshop, it looks like we’re still some weeks away from an update. We’ll let you know when we hear anything new.
New labels for petrol and diesel at the pumps
However, we did hear one juicy piece of news when we were there.
From next autumn, fuel sold in petrol stations will carry exciting new labels that show the name of its biofuels blend.
“Consumers will be aware for the first time that there is biofuel in the petrol or diesel they are buying,” said Aaron Berry, head of Biofuels Strategy at the Department for Transport.
At the pump, plans as they stand now are for a choice of Petrol E5 (5% ethanol, 95% petrol), Petrol E10 (10% ethanol, 90% petrol) or Diesel B7 (up to 7% biodiesel, 93% diesel).
While 90% of cars in the UK are compatible with E10, according to the AA, that still means 10% of cars can not – so E10 will carry a warning advising that it is not suitable for all vehicles and to consult your manufacturer before use. The lower blends are safe to use.
In case you didn’t know, the biodiesel in B7 is obtained from recycling and refining used cooking oil – some of which is the waste cooking oil that Proper Oils collects every day from our customers in the hospitality industry.
The reason behind the change in labelling? It’s down to the EU’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive 2018.
We’re really pleased about the new fuel labels. “It will help customers understand that used cooking oil has a real, tangible purpose – after all, it’s turning into the fuel that is getting you on the road today while saving considerably on carbon emissions too,” says Stephen Hurton, founder and MD of Proper Oils.
“It’s also a reminder that the fuels we all use contains a source of renewable energy, and that it’s important to think greener in our daily lives.”
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