Detail of outcome
The outcome of this consultation about the call for evidence on advanced fuels has been published in a response document which also features the outcome to our consultation on the draft post-implementation review of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO).
Main policy actions are to:
- change support for gaseous fuels from a weight basis to an energy content basis
- add support for synthetic fuels from renewable electricity, including renewable hydrogen
- align the support for different forms of biodiesel
We will consult on implementing these measures within the RTFO.
We also received suggestions to:
- create an additional support mechanism for advanced, more sustainable fuels
- add support for some fuels from fossil waste to the RTFO
- support low-carbon fuels in the shipping and aviation sectors
We will consider these suggestions in more depth with industry and other stakeholders.
Detail of feedback received
Analysis of the responses received in the advanced fuels call for evidence.
Transport makes up a large proportion of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Advanced fuels could offer several advantages over some ‘first-generation’ biofuels. They are potentially more environmentally and socially sustainable, particularly if made from waste or residue feedstocks, feedstock use is covered in the biofuel research document ‘Advanced biofuel feedstocks: an assessment of sustainability’.
Market forces alone may not be enough to deliver the technologies needed to decarbonise the transport sector and this call for evidence seeks to establish whether this assessment is correct and whether government intervention is necessary.
We are seeking evidence on the current state of advanced fuel development. We would like to understand more about the deployment potential of various fuel technologies, whether the market needs support or encouragement to develop and whether there is anything that the government can or should do to help.
The evidence we are seeking is intended to form a comprehensive knowledge base from which we can set out a clear policy.