The National Farmers Union in Britain has just taken delivery of a new Peugeot 308 that is being fueled by B30. The biodiesel being used in the Peugeot is produced from locally-grown canola and used cooking oil. Jonathan Scurlock, the NFU chief renewable energy adviser will be using the 308 as he drives around the country on official business. The fuel is being supplied by Harvest Energy and is produced entirely from local sources in England. The company is trying to demonstrate the sustainability of locally-grown crops for biofuel production. While the net energy benefit of canola biodiesel is debatable, it does have some definite advantages such as no sulfur which provide cleaner emissions than petroleum diesel.
NFu takes delivery of new plant-powered peugeot 308
Championing sustainable UK-produced biofuels, the NFU has taken delivery of a new low-emissions Peugeot 308 just weeks before the Government announces its commitment to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation targets.
The car runs on a 30 per cent blend of biodiesel made from British oil seed rape and used cooking oil, and is liveried to show its connection with agriculture. Emblazoned with the words 'Powered by British Biofuel', it will be driven around the country on business by NFU chief renewable energy adviser Jonathan Scurlock.
"It is vital that we highlight the sustainability of biofuels produced in the UK, and their contribution to energy security and tackling climate change," said Dr Scurlock. "Biofuels can be made from a wide variety of plant material such as vegetable oils, wheat and sugar beet, and can greatly reduce carbon emissions while meeting practicable environmental standards of production.
"By producing clean and secure sources of renewable energy, including biofuels, farmers and growers are already playing an important role in mitigating climate change, while at the same time ensuring UK food security by providing fresh, quality produce."
James Ross of Harvest Energy Ltd, the fuel's supplier added: "We are pleased we have been able to use recycled and UK farmed material to bring this proven high quality Harvest B30 Biodiesel fuel to the market place. The UK supply makes the sustainability aspect of this fuel that much easier to clarify. The bio element of the fuel currently gives a GHG saving of over 56 per cent versus mineral diesel taking into account the whole life cycle including farming and fertiliser*. Major vehicle manufacturers have been able to approve this fuel."
Managing Director at Peugeot Motor Company PLC Pierre Louis Colin said: "Customers who want to drive a 'green' environmentally conscious car can do so ideally with Peugeot's new 308, which, running on biofuel, has no impact on performance yet has one of the lowest net CO2 emissions for its class."
Notes to editors:
* (using official UK RTFO methodology).
- The Government's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation comes into effect on April 15 2008, requiring all road fuels to contain 2.5 per cent biodiesel or bioethanol by volume, rising to 5 per cent by 2010-2011. Biofuel blends of up to 5 per cent are entirely compatible with all cars already on the road today, and comply with the existing EU petrol and diesel standards. Some biofuel blends like this have been on the market for several years now, and many motorists may have used them without realising any difference.
- Finished in Aluminium Silver with a special livery that depicts the connection between agriculture and biodiesel fuel, NFU's new five-door Peugeot 308 S HDi 90 is a low-emissions diesel option. This model complies already with the future EU target of 120g CO2/km, falls into the lowest company car tax band from April 2008, and qualifies for only £35/year vehicle excise duty – making it a sound choice on both economic as well as environmental grounds.
- All Peugeot HDi diesels made since 1998 can run without modification on a 30 per cent blend of biodiesel with mineral diesel, known as B30. Operation on this fuel leads to around 20 per cent further reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions, bringing the net emissions from the NFU Peugeot 308 to below 100g CO2/km.
- Biofuel processing plants are already operational or under construction on Teesside, Humberside and in Norfolk. B30 "high-blend" biodiesel fuel is available at a limited number of forecourts in the West Midlands and nationwide, where Dr Scurlock will be filling up the NFU Peugeot 308.