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Boost for biogas use in heavy goods vehicles

Recommendations to increase the use of biomethane in heavy goods vehicles have been published by the Department for Transport (DfT).

They include a review of whether biomethane used as a transport fuel can be included in a company’s logging of greenhouse gas emissions in their annual report.

Other DfT recommendations include:

  • Reviewing fiscal incentives for methane, biomethane and other fuel options, including support under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO)
  • Supporting discussion with DECC and Defra on waste policy to remove barriers to biomethane supply capacity for freight transport use
  • Supporting the establishment of a strategic network of gas refuelling infrastructure

The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) sat in on the DfT’s Low Emission HGV Task Force working group, which approved the proposals.

ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton said: “This is a welcome continuation of the government’s support in the Autumn Statement for gas and biomethane vehicles, seen in the extension of the fuel duty differential between diesel and gas for 10 years, helping to give certainty to the sector and drive market development and innovation.

“Biomethane from biogas is one of the few options for decarbonising heavy goods vehicles.

Separate food waste collections also need to be properly considered to maximise supply of biomethane.”

Transport Minister Norman Baker highlighted the potential in biomethane use at the inaugral Biomethane and Gas Vehicle conference last June.

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