Biofuels Day

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From today, all fuel companies in the UK will have to replace a certain percentage of their annual fossil fuel sales with biofuels, by law.

Known as Biofuels Day, it means that 2.5% of fuel produced in the UK will have to derive from renewable sources such as crops and waste as opposed to oil. The introduction of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RFTO) will mean that all drivers are making a contribution to reducing climate change, without the need for any modification to their vehicles.

Biofuels are made from crops. As the crops grow, they absorb carbon
dioxide from the atmosphere. So the carbon dioxide that escapes when biofuels
are burnt is subsequently absorbed by new plants growing to produce more
biofuels - it’s a ‘virtuous’ circle.

To fulfil the 5% inclusion rate, the NFU estimates that ‘375,000 hectares will be needed for the wheat for ethanol and 840,000 hectares of oilseed rape will be needed for the biodiesel’.

For further information please visit Biofuels Day

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