Biodiesel watchdog set up...
The ENDS Report is reporting that the Department for Transport has set up a watchdog, the Renewable Fuels Agency, to help ensure that biofuels used in the UK come from sustainable sources. This is timely with the new Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) coming into force in April 2009, which will require 5% of all vehicle fuels sold in the UK to be biofuels.
Biodiesel seemed to go from eco-saviour to eco-demon in record time. Originally held up as a carbon neutral solution to transport emissions, the pressure that growing the crops will have on food prices or pristine habitats. Uber green George Monbiot is particularly critical of the industry and his comments are worth reading.
Of course, as everyone agrees, making biodiesel out of old cooking oil is AOK - remember Darryl Hannah licking her fuelcap? I've never seen an analysis of how much fuel could be produced from this source, but if you can get it, take it!