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UK beats biofuels target

The UK's target of 2.5 per cent blending of biofuels in petrol and diesel is being surpassed, an executive agency has said.

Despite this promising news, the head of the Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA) believes that oil companies are failing to meet their environmental obligations.

The biofuels target does not have to be adhered to by law, but a large number of fuel firms are still choosing to explore the potentials of biodiesel and bioethanol.

Nick Goodall, chief executive officer of the RFA, said: "These early figures demonstrate that some companies have risen to the challenge of sourcing biofuels to meet good sustainability standards."

The report from the environment agency, which covered the three months proceeding April 15th, found that 84 per cent of British biofuels is comprised of biodiesel, with soy and rapeseed being the most commonly used feedstocks.

Scientists in Italy have been exploring the potential of algae as a feedstock, which would reduce pressure on food supplies if it were to be commercialised.

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