TMMF Ltd
Farminguk
01 October 2016 | Online since 2003
Scrutton Bland


11 December 2012 10:04:14 |Market Reports,News

Market outlook for UK biofuel crops improves


Potentially compliant/non-compliant RED regions

Potentially compliant/non-compliant RED regions

A revision to regional greenhouse gas emissions figures could deliver financial benefits to growers and reopen market opportunities for arable crops in the biofuels supply chain.
The Department for Transport (DfT) and an industry consortium (AEA, AIC, British Sugar, DARD, DECC, Defra, Ensus, E4tech, GAFTA, NFU, REA, SCOPA, and SFQC) have been working to revise a report that details the ability of UK regions to meet legally-binding greenhouse gas emissions criteria under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).
HGCA was asked earlier this year to review the raw data in the original 2010 report to ensure that conclusions were based on robust and up-to-date evidence.
“At present, most crops meet the current RED sustainability criteria and can freely enter the bio fuel supply chain. The existing land-use change criteria tend only to be an issue for crops grown on relatively small areas of land with a high biodiversity value or significant stocks of carbon,” stated Harley Stoddart, HGCA Research and Knowledge Transfer Manager.
“But, from 1 April 2013, further crop-specific emissions criteria come into force which could restrict market access by growers in certain UK regions and mean crops from these regions could effectively be traded at a discount. The findings in the 2010 report would potentially affect trade in a large number of regions,” added Mr Stoddart.
The consortium was able to use more robust data for average yields, oil content (oilseed rape), fertiliser use, fuel consumption, soil organic matter and nitrogen content of residues returned to soils.
Following the review, the revised picture is as follows:

· Oilseed rape – 97% of UK production meets the criteria (was less than 5%)
· Sugar beet – 100% of UK production meets the criteria (was 0%)
· Wheat – 84% of UK production meets the criteria (was c. 83%)

In December, the revised report will be submitted to the DfT and should be passed on to the European Commission shortly after.
If the Commission accepts the report, the new emissions figures will automatically override the 2010 figures and will be able to be used by the supply chain with immediate effect.
Mr Stoddart added: “Growers should not be alarmed if their region fails to meet the criteria. Growers should discuss contracts with buyers and use carbon footprinting tools to help understand what can be done on farm to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The European Commission’s (EC) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve energy security by reducing Europe’s dependence on fossil fuels.
The Directive currently requires that 20% of the Commission’s energy should come from renewable sources and at least 10% of each Member State’s transport energy consumption should be from renewable sources by 2020.
The Renewable Energy Directive (RED) is helping to drive demand for biofuels derived from the cultivation of agricultural crops, such as oilseed rape, wheat and sugar beet.
Biofuels must save 35% in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel equivalents.

Download

0 Comment

loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Please enter your email

Please enter valid email


Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment has been submitted successfully. Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment


USA | 30 September 2016
Toolbox unveiled to help preserve agriculture in Utah County

Rex Larsen, a fifth-generation Utah County farmer, is facing issues that the previous generations didn’t have to worry about, namely, rapid urban development encroaching on farmland. His farm, he s...


China | 30 September 2016
Will big agriculture mergers impact smallholder farmers?

A tsunami-sized wave of corporate megamergers sweeping the agrochemical industry has the potential to reshape the landscape of global farming and food production. If approved, the multibillion doll...


USA | 30 September 2016
Morris farm works to rebound after beef recall

A Connecticut farm in the middle of a beef recall is giving refunds, and fighting to guarantee its reputation. Truelove Farms had one steer sent off to Adams Farm in Massachusetts in late July for ...


USA | 30 September 2016
Small dairy farm wins with robotic milking

Old English cheese recipes and high-tech production put Kenton County farmer on the menu. On a rainy day, Eddie Gibson sits outside his dairy barn near Walton looking out at his 130-acre farm. Surr...


Canada | 30 September 2016
Schumer continues push against harmful Canadian dairy rules

A push against Canadian protectionism harming O-AT-KA Milk and dairy entities has reached federa Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said Wednesday that...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed


Top stories you may have missed
FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Farm subsidy payments funded by the UK taxpayer are being paid to millionai...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Labour will end the badger cull and prioritise ending bovine TB, Shadow Def...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A herd of rare White Park cattle could die out if its owners do not urgentl...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The UK government is "failing" to support farmers in the long-term accordin...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Retailer Co-op has announced that from May 2017 all of its bacon and lamb w...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Over 50 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock-take of all the UK's n...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

In the run up to the EU farm ministers meeting the agricultural sector have...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The RPA must iron out a number of problems that still exist with 2015 BPS p...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Tourism businesses in the countryside are being held back due to the uncert...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A 24 point action plan aimed at revitalising Scotland's sheep sector after ...


closeicon
Username
Password