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British farmers determined to supply green fuels

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 1:37 pm    Post subject: British farmers determined to supply green fuels Reply with quote

http://www.farminguk.com/bsp/10130/ews.asp?DBID=103-281-013-080&iPage=1&id=4131

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In a report submitted to the DTI today (Thursday) the NFU is calling for positive encouragement from Government to ensure more renewable energy is sourced straight from UK farms. The organisation is urging ministers to take advantage of crop supplies, such as wheat and sugar beet, to make renewable biofuels.

In the report, the NFU is recommending the introduction of a capital grants scheme to support and develop biomass production plants. Simple grants of 40 per cent are being called for over a period of five years to kick-start demand for biomass across society.

To ensure green energy is produced in the UK, the NFU also wants to see a Carbon Accreditation scheme implemented to link with current Farm Assurance schemes. This will guarantee biomass and biofuels are produced from a renewable source, securing the future market and safeguarding against untraceable imports.

In addition the NFU is supporting EU calls for 20 per cent of its energy needs to be met through renewable energy by the year 2020. This links with the UK Government?s own target of five per cent of transport fuels to be sourced from renewable energy by the year 2010.

NFU President Peter Kendall said: ?UK agriculture is in a pivotal position to meet the challenge of renewable fuels domestically and to help reduce the carbon emissions of the road transport sector. The UK must invest now or it will not be in a position to benefit from future technologies. The investment will go to those countries with the infrastructure already in place and with proven biofuel industries.?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It appears that the business model is already viable without grants....



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Wessex Grain launched Green Spirit Fuels Ltd in June 2005, and by September obtained funding from City investors to make Green Spirit Fuels the leading UK bioethanol plant development and operations company. It has recently (January 2006) received planning permission for its first plant to be built at Henstridge, Somerset, and has identified several other potential sites across the UK.

The company aims to build up to five plants across the UK within the next five to eight years to supply the ever increasing demand for renewable transport fuels. The Department for Transport has set a target for 5% of biofuels by 2010 which, as we use 20 million tonnes of petrol per annum, provides a potential outlet for about 1 million tonnes of bioethanol in the UK.

http://www.wessexgrain.co.uk/level2/wessex/contact2.jhtml

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The massive depots at Wessex Grain's sprawling processing plant in Henstridge are filled to the brim, not only with locally grown wheat, but also with hope for a more environment-friendly future.

Here, the Wessex Grain subsidiary Green Spirit Fuels has just been given planning permission to create one of Britain's first bioethanol plant, which will eventually convert 340,000 tonnes of locally grown wheat per year into 131 million litres of ethanol.

And since the government's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation demands that 5% of all motorcar fuel must come from renewable sources by 2010, bioethanol will be used to fuel a growing number of cars on British roads, insists Green Spirit Fuel's finance director, Arthur Llewellyn.

"The UK will need 10 production plants like the one in Henstridge to meet the government's requirements," he says.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4603272.stm
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice, but won't we need the land for food?
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