Bio-ethanol Fuels

MQT on 2007-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2007
Question By: 
Geoff Pope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given the life cycle CO2 reduction potential of low-carbon high-blend bio-ethanol fuels (such as E85), and the current market availability of vehicles designed to operate with such fuels, what steps is the Mayor taking through the London Congestion Charge to encourage their adoption?


Answer for Bio-ethanol Fuels

Answer for Bio-ethanol Fuels

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have asked TfL to bring forward policies which consider emissions rather than fuel types, which would replace the Congestion Charging Alternative Fuel Discount with an Emissions Influenced Congestion Charge. This technology neutral approach would target both air quality and carbon dioxide emissions and would aim to encourage congestion charge payers to drive cleaner vehicles. TfL have advised that they are planning to start consultation on this issue in summer of 2007 and will present me with a report in late 2007. The source of the organic feedstock and the production methods can have a significant impact on the net CO2 saving (in some cases yielding no saving at all). A recognised biofuel accreditation system would also be required before TfL can recognise the life cycle benefits of biofuels.