The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has said more vehicles should be run on biogas derived from waste if the UK is to meet its 2020 renewable energy targets.
An REA report said fuels derived from food and other organic wastes, and upgraded for use in lorries and other heavy vehicles, “reduces emissions and puts otherwise polluting organic wastes to productive use”.
It argued that using biogas in this way was an “economic means of decarbonisation” for companies and was a cost-effective way of helping the UK with its legally binding 2020 renewable energy targets.
Under EU legislation, the UK has committed to derive 15% of its total energy usage from renewable sources by 2020, with a sub-target for 10% for transport fuels.
In November last year energy secretary Amber Rudd admitted the UK was likely to fall well short of the targets.
The REA called on the Government to make key policy changes, including taking a strategic decision to support the use of biomethane for transport, increased support for heavy goods vehicle development and extracting more “green gas” for transport from the national gas network.
Clare Wenner, head of the REA’s renewable transport group, 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.”