A new trade body for sustainable renewable transport fuels

  • Renewable Transport Fuel Association (RTFA) launched to help achieve rapid action to decarbonise transport through use of sustainable renewable and recycled carbon fuels
  • UK needs rapid action within transport sector to help achieve net zero emissions by 2050 -the UK can’t afford to wait for the uptake of electric vehicles and hydrogen

Today, twelve companies have united to launch the Renewable Transport Fuel Association (RTFA) which will be the “go to” voice for UK renewable transport fuel producers and suppliers. The founder members comprise all the UK’s producers of liquid renewable fuels, and the majority of the green gas used in UK transport.

As the UK Government sets its sights on becoming net zero in carbon emissions by 2050, transport will be one of the hardest sectors to decarbonize – as a result of heavy road freight, rail where it cannot be electrified, shipping and aviation. For these challenging areas, the RTFA forecasts an enduring role for sustainable renewable fuels. Lighter duty vehicles will transition to electrification, but cars with internal combustion engines will be on the UK’s roads for many decades and will need to be run on renewable fuel.

Commenting on the launch of the RTFA, Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive, said:

“Ten years ago, carbon emissions from energy supply were twice that of transport. Now transport is the largest polluter in the economy. Switching fuels is one of the most cost-effective and fastest actions in the fight against climate change, yet the role of fuels in reducing greenhouse gas emissions is overlooked. The RTFA will be the voice of the UK companies that produce and supply these fuels that can make a difference to the environment today.”

The Chairman of the RTFA, Grant Pearson, said:

“We can’t afford to wait; action is required now to reduce transport emissions. Swift and decisive action is more politically challenging for the UK Government than setting longer-term aspirations for the environment. We of course welcome the UK’s zero carbon long-term emission targets, but the environment cannot to wait for the electrification of cars and other forms of transport. Progress needs to be made and our focus is on replacing the fossil fuels used today with greener and cleaner alternatives”.