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Biofuels environmental legislation

Biofuels - environmental legislation

This page provides links to key pieces of environmental legislation relating to producing and using biofuels for transport. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.

If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legislation register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.

For more information about EMS, see our guideline:

Environmental management systems (EMS) and environmental reports

Northern Ireland Biofuels legislation

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations Order SI 2007/3072. Requires road vehicle fuel suppliers to prove that a certain amount of renewable transport fuel (biodiesel, bioethanol, etc) has been supplied in the UK by producing Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs). Small-scale suppliers of biofuel can trade RTFCs with obligated suppliers.

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order SI 2009/843. Makes minor technical amendments to 2007/3072.

Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations SI 2009/1348. Regulates the transport of dangerous goods by road, rail and inland waterways and the use of pressurised cylinders, drums and other equipment.

Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2003/493. Covers applications for waste management licences, which authorise the deposit, disposal and treatment of controlled waste. Includes conditions on the use of certain mobile plant.

Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2003/46. Establishes a pollution control regime for certain installations or mobile plants. Sets out a permitting regime based on best available techniques for regulating installations and activities.

Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2000/93. Establishes procedures to prevent major accident hazards involving dangerous substances.

Scottish Biofuels legislation

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations Order SI 2007/3072. Requires road vehicle fuel suppliers to prove that a certain amount of renewable transport fuel (biodiesel, bioethanol, etc) has been supplied in the UK by producing Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs). Small-scale suppliers of biofuel can trade RTFCs with obligated suppliers.

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order SI 2009/843. Makes minor technical amendments to 2007/3072.

Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations SI 2009/1348. Regulates the transport of dangerous goods by road, rail and inland waterways and the use of pressurised cylinders, drums and other equipment.

Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations SI 1999/743. Places responsibility on users of dangerous substances to prevent accidents and limit their effect on people and the environment. Users must have an accident prevention policy and an on-site emergency plan.

Waste Management Licensing Regulations SI 1994/1056. Covers applications for waste management licences, which authorise the deposit, disposal and treatment of controlled waste. Includes conditions on the use of certain mobile plant.

Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (Scotland) SSI 2000/323. Establishes a pollution control regime for certain installations or mobile plants. Sets out a system to control pollution from any installation or mobile plant carrying out specified activities through permits, inspections and control of emissions.

You will also need to know about and comply with legislation on:

In this Guideline

What are biofuels?

Where you can buy biofuels

Producing your own biodiesel

Producing your own bioethanol or biogas

Do you need a permit or authorisation to produce biofuel?

Storing and transporting biofuel

Biofuels for transport further information

Biofuels environmental legislation

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