A call for ideas on the country’s low-carbon fuel strategy has been issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) today.

The DfT is seeking views on the areas to be addressed; approaches to be taken; and ideas regarding procedure and practice

The consultation document summarises the progress to date in this area and looks at some of the broad opportunities and challenges for low carbon fuels in the transport sector.

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Schapps said low-carbon fuels (LCFs) have been instrumental in reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions for more than a decade; that transport had a huge role to play in achieving net zero, and greener fuels were critical to that transition.

Schapps said the continued adoption of low-carbon fuels would complement the shift towards public transport, active travel and electric vehicles, but warned that “we must be careful to preserve robust sustainability standards, so that low-carbon fuel production brings clear benefits, without creating any further environmental problems”.

 He said: “Our Transport Decarbonisation Plan commits us to harnessing the full potential of LCFs to grow domestic industry and jobs, making the most of the outstanding technical expertise and capacity we have in the UK.

“To draw all this work together, we will publish a Low Carbon Fuels Strategy. Now we are calling on industry and stakeholders to help shape that strategy. This document sets the scene, explores our progress, and outlines the focus of the forthcoming Strategy. Your responses will help us get it right. This is also an invitation to share your views through workshop discussions, and written submissions, which we hope will stimulate productive conversations.

“The Strategy’s ultimate goal is to set a clear and practical vision for low-carbon fuels to help us deliver net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. With your help, we can maximise the potential of LCFs for the UK economy, create thousands of new jobs, and play our part in fighting climate change.”

Those wishing to respond have until 11.45 on April 3, 2022 and should email; or write to Department for Transport,
Low Carbon Fuels Division, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR.