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Renewable Fuels Agency RFA

Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA
United Kingdom

About Us

The RFA was set up by the Government to implement the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), which came into force on 15th April 2008. The RTFO obliges fossil fuel suppliers to ensure that by 2010 biofuels account for 3.5% by volume of the fuel supplied on UK forecourts. The purpose of the RTFO is to reduce the UK's contribution to climate change and its reliance on fossil fuels.

The RFA administers the monthly reporting process required of fuel companies under the RTFO, issuing Renewable Transport Fuel (RTF) certificates in proportion to the quantities of biofuels registered. In recognition of the importance of sourcing biofuels in a sustainable way in meeting environmental objectives, fuel suppliers are encouraged to report on the specific type and origin of biofuels (for instance, wheat-derived bioethanol from the UK or palm oil-derived biodiesel from Malaysia). The RFA will be working to achieve 90% compliance with data reporting and for 80% of all biofuels certificated to have achieved appropriate environmental standards by 2010. The RFA is responsible for publishing updates on the progress of the RTFO, including progress on achieving compliance with sustainability criteria, on a monthly basis, as well as quarterly reports to the Department for Transport and annual reports to Parliament.

The RFA is an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB). It is funded by the Department for Transport but is led by an independent board.

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