The British Government is quite concerned about the social and environmental impacts of biofuels. The Minister of Transport, Andrew Adonis, has announced plans to not be in quite such a hurry regarding the implementation of biofuels. The UK's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), the mandatory amount of biofuels sold at the pump, had been expected to reach five percent in 2010-11. Instead, this limit is now set back to 2013-14 - still aiming for the European target of 10 percent by 2020. The reason for the delay? To make sure that the agricultural products used to produce these biofuels are sustainably produced. Besides waiting for European rules on what sustainable means, the UK will spend £6 million in research of second generation biofuel technologies.
[Source: Department of Transport]

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