Volume 5, Issue 6
Published: August 1, 2011
UK cuts duty differential on UCO

An increasing number of captive fleets areusing high blends of UCO-based biodiesel to reduce their carbon footprint, led by organisations such as the Environment Agency, McDonalds, 3663, Biffa/Verdant, Stagecoach, Wincanton and many more.

Despite its success, the duty differential has been an issue of contention for a number of years and was only saved from abolition in 2009 after lobbying by the UK Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (UKSBA) of Labour ministers convinced them to postpone its removal until 2012.

However, the government’s green credentials are being called into question from a number of angles – most recently from the House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee in its report on the Budget 2011 and the government’s decision making on environmental taxation policy. According to this influential group of cross-party MPs, the government is not striding towards the title of ‘the greenest ever’ but is instead taking ‘retrograde steps’ by eliminating measures that currently incentivise the use of low carbon fuels, such as sustainable biodiesel.

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