Transport Energy Fuels Policy

Background & Challenges

The UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) sets out the minimum trajectory for low carbon fuels to 2032, with a target of 12.5% renewable transport fuel. The Department for Transport will review the RTFO in 2021 and explore options for accelerating GHG emissions reductions associated with low carbon fuels supplied in the UK. With the Motor Fuel GHG Emission Regulations coming to an end in December 2020, this will be an ideal opportunity to identify new interventions to increase the proportion of sustainable, low carbon, renewable fuel supplied to the UK road transport fuels market.


  • To convene a wide-ranging stakeholder community of renewable and fossil fuel suppliers, automotive manufactures, NGOs and industry trade bodies and agree terms of reference (initial objective 2020-1)
  • To identify the potential for reducing GHG emissions up to net zero in 2050 through the introduction of renewable fuels (from 2021)
  • To identify potential policy mechanisms to drive uptake (both through demand and supply measures) of such renewable fuels (from 2021)

Actions & Outputs

  • Review UK road transport fuels policy and identify ways to deliver greater GHG emissions savings
  • Identify how sustainability provisions for biofuel supplied to the UK market can be strengthened
  • Propose future provisions under the RTFO and whether Motor Fuel GHG Regulations should continue beyond 2020


January – March 2021 (Initial establishment of stakeholder community)

Zemo Partnership Lead:
Gloria Esposito

Head of Sustainability

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