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Britain's Commitment To Carbon Neutrality That Isn't.

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In the current financial year (2013/14) UK biofuel use will increase to 5 per cent of transport volumes, the highest level ever.

An earlier government-commissioned review of UK biofuel policy recommended that biofuel use not surpass this level unless major sustainability issues are addressed. However, EU targets for 2020 would see this exceeded several times over.

The 5 per cent biofuel target is likely to cost UK motorists in the region of $700 million (£460 million) in the current financial year (2013/14).

If the UK is to meet its EU obligations, the annual cost to UK motorists is likely to rise to around $2 billion (£1.3 billion) a year by 2020.

This would equate to an annual cost of about £35–£45 per vehicle in 2020. By way of comparison, modelling predicts the deployment of existing technologies to meet EU vehicle efficiency standards will deliver annual fuel savings per car of around £340 by 2020.

The current generation of biofuels provide an expensive means of reducing emissions from road transport. Carbon abatement costs, excluding emissions from indirect land-use change, are broadly in the range of $165–$1,100 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

This compares unfavourably with an appraisal price of around $87 per tonne. More cost-effective opportunities to reduce emissions from transport are available through the deployment of existing technologies to improve vehicle efficiency.

After accounting for indirect emissions, biodiesel from edible oils is no longer a rational mitigation strategy; abatement costs for ethanol are in the range of $330–$8,500 per tonne of CO2e, depending on the feedstock used.

The RTFO is likely to cost UK motorists in the region of $700 million (£460 million) in the current financial year (2013/14). Costs would be higher without the use of double-counted biofuels,

which effectively reduce the target. Additional costs to business add a further $490 million (£322 million).

By 2020, the annual biofuel cost to UK motorists is likely to be in the region of $2 billion (£1.3 billion) a year if the United Kingdom is to meet its EU obligations to supply 10 per cent of transport energy from renewable sources. This target may be reduced through the use of double- or (as yet unavailable) quadruple-counted biofuels. However, under current rules this reduction would have to be offset by the increased deployment of renewables in the heat and electricity sectors.

Biofuels are great if you are a big agricultural land owner... queue the UK/EU aristocracy... and have large investment in the likes of Monsanto... queue the UK/EU aristocracy

Overall, bio-fuels are a great way of creating a sustainable future if done so ethically; but not at the expense of frigging with the actual food supply and profiteering by corporations via artificial scarcity as is done now.

This money leaving your pocket is directly funding the exuberant lifestyles of the old guard. Same as it ever was.

AGW debate aside, all the research in the world and doom laden prophecies regarding humanities future amount to nowt when there's money to be made.

Whomever says that Britain and the EU are going down the right road with energy policy needs their brain rewired.

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Biofuels are great if you are a big agricultural land owner... queue the UK/EU aristocracy... and have large investment in the likes of Monsanto... queue the UK/EU aristocracy

Overall, bio-fuels are a great way of creating a sustainable future if done so ethically; but not at the expense of frigging with the actual food supply and profiteering by corporations via artificial scarcity as is done now.

This money leaving your pocket is directly funding the exuberant lifestyles of the old guard. Same as it ever was.

AGW debate aside, all the research in the world and doom laden prophecies regarding humanities future amount to nowt when there's money to be made.

Whomever says that Britain and the EU are going down the right road with energy policy needs their brain rewired.

Yes I would think a 5% reduction in fossil fuel use could easily be made by road design and tinkering with public transport etc. But do we see this being done by the govt? Dream on!

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Its like the idea of buying a new 'eco friendly' car to replace one that is perfectly reasonable.

Ludicrous.

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Its like the idea of buying a new 'eco friendly' car to replace one that is perfectly reasonable.

Ludicrous.

turning the gas and electric off for half the week could cut the carbon footprint of the UK.

Would also start to solve the pension and NHS bills fairly quickly too.

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Yes I would think a 5% reduction in fossil fuel use could easily be made by road design and tinkering with public transport etc. But do we see this being done by the govt? Dream on!

Why would any government want to facilitate a 5% reduction in tax revenue from fuel sales?

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turning the gas and electric off for half the week could cut the carbon footprint of the UK.

Credit to North Korea, they've been turning the lights off for years.

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I agree with you Mr Mattress! This is just posturing and lunacy! :blink:

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Burning wood waste has caused a lot of inflation in construction materials as it has starved the supply to make MDF/composite/OSB/Chipboard products. Burn the local supply and end up importing sheet goods even, way to go.

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Half our carbon dioxide output comes from simply breathing and eating.

Think about that.

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Half our carbon dioxide output comes from simply breathing and eating.

Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Schmioxide. When everyone realises that the 'greenhouse effect' has led to the planet not actually warming, we'll find another bandwagon to tax people on.

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turning the gas and electric off for half the week could cut the carbon footprint of the UK.

Would also start to solve the pension and NHS bills fairly quickly too.

What are you suggesting? A three day week? Over Maggie's dead body!

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Burning wood waste has caused a lot of inflation in construction materials as it has starved the supply to make MDF/composite/OSB/Chipboard products. Burn the local supply and end up importing sheet goods even, way to go.

Can't give bust pallets away still though.

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