“The biofuel industry represents a win-win opportunity for farmers and our economy – it provides a market adding value to our arable production and the animal feed produced as a bi-product is a valuable source of protein for our livestock and dairy sectors.
“Biofuel production and food security go hand in hand; it’s not a case of one or the other. It’s a challenging time for agriculture at the moment and when faced with volatile commodity markets, the biofuel market helps give our members the confidence to make on farm investment. This ultimately improves the productivity of their farm business.
“First generation crop based biofuels also represent a scalable and cost effective way to de-carbonise our economy, whilst helping us to meet our internationally agreed targets. They more than make the necessary greenhouse gas savings and in fact the recent MIN-NO research project concluded that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from arable fertiliser use in the UK are 53% less than estimates currently used. This means that biofuels made from N-fertilised crops grown here in the UK are even more effective in reducing GHG than previously thought.
“E10 would only strengthen this important industry whilst delivering clear GHG benefits, as a result it is a move the NFU strongly supports and we encourage the UK Government to get behind this.”
Meurig Raymond, President, National Farmers’ Union
“Bioethanol from feed grade wheat provides ethanol for fuel and a high quality animal feed which negates the need for foreign GM based animal feed to be imported in the UK.
“The fuel saves over 50% of the carbon emissions of petrol when ALL the inputs from farming and fuel conversion have been taken into account, so it is by all measures a highly sustainable biofuel.
“The UK needs to meet the internationally agreed carbon and emissions targets, which in transport will not be met without the increasing use of sustainable biofuel to decarbonise the UK’s transport sector. Electronic vehicles, which are widely supported, won’t have a material effect on slowing transport emissions for many years to come. Increasing the use of sustainable biofuels is also one of the most cost-effective measures for enabling the UK to meet its own transport carbon reduction targets.
“The EU allows blending of ethanol up to 10% in petrol, though in the UK only 5% ethanol is currently blended. E10 needs to be delivered, through a Government mandate, as quickly as possible as time will be needed to ramp up production, the longer we take to implement E10 the harder it will be to meet our carbon reduction targets.”
Jeremy Tomkinson, CEO, NNFCC – The Bioeconomy consultants
“From a European perspective, it is essential that the UK raises the ambition of its green fuels policy by introducing E10, otherwise the UK runs the risk of not meeting its EU climate and energy obligations.
Under current EU rules, the UK must reach at least 10% renewable energy use in transport and reduce its transport fuel emissions by at least 6% by 2020 but the UK’s progress has been much too slow and time is now running out.
The introduction of E10 is a simple, but crucial first step to ensuring the UK gets its transport sector back on track to meets its EU climate targets.
E10 is the cheapest available carbon abatement tool for transport and it can be easily mixed with petrol and used in existing engines and infrastructure to reduce transport emissions.
With 92% of UK cars already compatible, the introduction of E10 requires no major changes to the UK car fleet. It is already widely available in several member states such as Belgium, France, Finland, and Germany, and to a limited extent in the Netherlands, and there is absolutely no reason why the UK should not do the same.”
Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary-General, ePURE
Greener fuel sources such as UK-produced bioethanol offer the ability to drive real reductions in transport carbon emissions
“If there is one area that could represent a ‘quick win’ in meeting emission and carbon targets, it’s transport – the only major sector where greenhouse gas emissions are still rising.
“Greener fuel sources such as UK-produced bioethanol offer the ability to drive real reductions in transport carbon emissions. The Department for Transport can make this greener option a reality by supporting the adoption of E10 petrol. This switch would be equivalent to taking 700,000 cars off the road in the UK alone – imagine the impact of this on our transport emissions. Which is why the Renewable Energy Association backs the call for the government-led roll out of E10 into the UK.”
Clare Wenner, Head of Renewable Transport, Renewable Energy Association
“UK bioethanol production directly supports the arable farming industry by creating a secure and sustainable domestic market for feed-grade wheat. Thanks to Vivergo Fuels, farmers and landowners in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and across the UK hugely benefit from the competitive rates and year-round demand for their produce. Without this industry, they would have to export their wheat at a lesser value than they currently receive.
“In addition, the co-product of bioethanol production is a protein-rich animal feed which provides farmers with a high-quality alternative to imported soya. Almost 800 farms across the UK rely on this protein source to sustain their milk yields.
“As an organisation committed to a thriving rural economy, the CLA would like to see Government supporting a cap on bioethanol from crop feedstocks that would ensure continued investment in the production of biofuel at Vivergo. This would safeguard a premium market for feed-grade wheat and maintain a supply of home-grown protein for dairy and livestock producers.”
Tom Beeley, Renewable Energy Adviser, Country Land & Business Association (CLA) – the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales
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