CONFIDENCE in the UK’s biofuels market needs to be restored as a viable outlet for UK wheat.
Ensus UK, one of Europe’s largest bioefuel plants, has been offline since February due to volatile renewable energy markets and job cuts of up to 22 per cent are now bring planned for the site in Wilton, Teeside.
Changes were made to EU legislation April affecting production and the NFU has urged for the Department for Transport to raise the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to aid the sector.
The NFU’s crops board chairman for the North East, Brett Askew, said: “The biofuel industry has led the way in demonstrating standards on-farm in the UK, across Europe and in subsequently raising sustainability around the world.
“With legislation limiting the amount of crops used for biofuel to address concerns about Indirect Land Use Change and bringing certainty to the status of the Renewable Energy Directive, it is time for our government to put the RTFO back on track towards meeting the UK’s 10 per cent biofuel commitment."
Grant Pearson, commercial director of Ensus UK, urged for UK and EU governments to implement an amended RED ’as quickly as possible’.
"The decarbonisation of the transport sector is one of the UK government’s key commitments under the Climate Change Act," he said.
Mr Askew added: "The NFU will continue to work proactively in this area and it is clear in my mind that crop-based biofuels must play a significant part in the debate, as one of very few scalable and sustainable alternatives at present.”