Hold fire on biofuels

A delay in implementing the policy demanding the inclusion of biofuels in road fuel at pumps across the UK has been demanded by Defra chief scientific adviser Professor Robert Watson. He says ministers should await the results of their on-going enquiry into the true sustainability of biofuels before proceeding further.
The Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) is set to introduce an inclusion of 2.5% biofuels in road fuel from April 1 2008.
Professor Robert Watson warns that it would be perverse if the RTFO had the opposite effects of the ones intended. Some scientists think that such biofuels carbon benefits may be currently outweighed by negative effects from their production.

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