Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation For The Demand Of Petroleum Based Fuels

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The increasing industrialization and modernisation of the world has resulted in a precipitous growth for the demand of petroleum-based fuels (Agrawal, 2007). In 2014 in UK, a total of 54.2 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe) of energy was used in transportation which is nearly 40% of all of the energy consumed (DECC, 2015, p. 8). “Progressive depletion of conventional fossil fuels with increasing energy consumption and GHG emissions have led to a move towards alternative, renewable, sustainable, efficient and cost-effective energy sources with lesser emissions” (Nigama, P, S., & Singhb, A., 2011). In order to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles the UK parliament enacted the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) in 2007 (UK,…show more content…
It was then amended four times in 2009, 2011, 2013 and recently in April 2015 (Department for Transport, 2012). The RTFO’s prime objective is to promote the mandatory standards for biofuel sustainability in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from road transport across the UK. Under the RTFO, transport fuel suppliers in the UK must be able to show that an amount of obligated percentages of the fuel they supply comes from renewable and sustainable sources. It also requires the suppliers to report on the environmental performance of their biofuels (DfTa, 2015).

In addition, the diverse stakeholder engagement in RTFO was a key factor for its success. The low Carbon Vehicle Partnership works as “an umbrella for a wide spectrum of associations and actors who have in common the pursuance of a future with cleaner cars and fuels” (Sandoval, I. S., & Popartan, L, 2014). It provides the environment for energy companies, government, experts, scholars as well as consumer organizations to work together and promote market for biofuels. With the consensus of all participants and the British government’s support, the carbon and sustainability reporting framework as well as methodology for calculating the carbon intensities of various biofuels were designed (Chalmers, J., & Archer,G., 2011). The LowCVP helps to build shared understanding and facilities the industries benefit public interest and
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