E4tech and Ecofys publish RTFO scoping paper on Novel low carbon transport fuels

A diverse range of ‘novel low carbon transport fuels’ are nearing market introduction, with many offering the potential for high GHG savings without using land-based feedstocks. The UK Department for Transport (DfT) therefore commissioned E4tech and Ecofys to investigate these fuels, as currently only biofuels are supported by the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO).

Our report provides a much needed classification framework for the various types of fuels. It also highlights companies known to be developing these novel fuels, and crucially identifies potential regulatory and sustainability risks (and mitigation options), before discussing some of the practical implications of including them under the RTFO.

A summary of the findings were presented at the DfT stakeholder workshop on 17th March 2015, and the full scoping paper is available for download on the DfT’s website.

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