Consultation outcome

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation: a draft post implementation review

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Advanced fuels call for evidence and post-implementation review of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation: government response

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Post-implementation review of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation: summary of responses and government response

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Impact assessment: Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation post implementation review

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Revised status of the tallow market: a report by ECOFYS

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Revised trends in the used cooking oil (UCO) market: a report by ECOFYS

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Revised UK biofuel industry overview: a report by ECOFYS

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Detail of outcome

This is our joint response to this consultation on the draft post-implementation review of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) and the call for evidence on advanced fuels.

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.

Original consultation

Summary

We are seeking views on a draft post implementation review of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.

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Consultation description

As part of government’s overall commitment to improving regulation and to reducing the burdens it imposes, ministers committed to reviewing the effectiveness of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) amendments by April 2014 in a post implementation review (PIR). The RTFO is the principle legislation for the regulation of biofuels used for transport in the UK.

The scope of the review covers the extent to which the RTFO has achieved its objectives, to assess costs and benefits, and to identify any unintended consequences. In addition, the review is intended to consider how implementation and enforcement could be improved.

This document sets out an initial draft PIR and we invite comment and input from businesses, individuals and other organisations. It includes analysis of the RTFO over the period since its inception and invites further evidence as to whether current policy is delivering the desired outcomes. Specific questions are listed at the end of each chapter. The final review is due for publication in April 2014.

Documents

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation draft post implementation review: main consultation document

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Status of the tallow market: a report by ECOFYS

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Trends in the used cooking oil (UCO) market: a report by ECOFYS

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UK biofuel industry overview: a report by ECOFYS

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Published 16 December 2013
Last updated 30 April 2014 + show all updates
  1. Government response and summary of responses released.
  2. First published.