The EU and UK governments recognise the benefits of fuels from renewable sources, the role they have to play in reducing reliance on finite supplies of fossil fuels, and in reducing harmful carbon dioxide emissions.
So there is support for biodiesel production and use – particularly for biodiesel from the most sustainable sources such as ours.
In searching for sustainable, low-cost feedstocks Argent Energy have developed the technology to deal with unconventional, degraded and challenging waste oils and fats. These materials deliver many advantages in that they do not threaten or compete with the food chain, they are readily available to convert into bio diesel and there are no associated direct or indirect land use changes (LUC/ILUC).
The UK has signed up to two significant EU Directives. The Renewable Energy Directive (RED) sets a 10 per cent binding minimum target for biofuels in transport to be achieved by each member state by 2020. The Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) requires oil companies to reduce their carbon emissions by 6 per cent by 2020. This will be achieved mainly through the use of biofuels. The biofuel supplied to meet these directives must achieve measurable greenhouse gas savings and must be made from material which meets appropriate sustainability criteria.
Implementation of the RED in December 2011 means fuel suppliers are incentivised to utilise the most sustainable biofuels, i.e. those made from wastes and residues. Because of its high degree of sustainability, all fuel produced by Argent Energy counts double towards the target for biofuels in transport in UK, as well as in The Netherlands, France, Italy and other EU Member States.