Renewable gaseous fuels ‘could help meet UK’s 2020 transport goals’

The use of renewable gaseous fuels such as biomethane could help the UK meet its 2020 transport targets. That’s according to a report from the Renewable Energy Association (REA) which […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The use of renewable gaseous fuels such as biomethane could help the UK meet its 2020 transport targets.

That’s according to a report from the Renewable Energy Association (REA) which said using the renewable fuel puts polluting organic waste to productive use.

That’s because these fuels can be derived from food and other organic waste and upgraded for use in lorries and other heavy duty vehicles.

REA believes it is also an economic means of decarbonisation.

It claims the UK is currently not on track to meet its legally binding 2020 renewable heat and transport targets and suggests the government to make some policy changes.

They include a strategic decision to support the use of biomethane for transport, increase support for heavy duty vehicles development and greater usage of a decarbonised national gas network for extracting “green gas”.

Clare Wenner, Head of the Renewable Transport Group, a sector group of the REA said: “The use of renewable gaseous fuels in transport is an exciting advance that offers a cost effective means of decarbonising transport, especially for trucks and other heavy goods vehicles which have few available decarbonisation options.

“Transport offers another outlet for low carbon biomethane from waste and we remain committed to the prospect of using society’s wastes to build a more efficient economy.”