Spalding, United Kingdom (PressExposure) April 19, 2008 -- Comments by UK scientist Professor Robert Watson reported on the BBC News website last week said that Professor Watson said âbiofuels policy in the EU and the UK may have run ahead of the scienceâ.
In an interview which was not even able to get the date of the introduction of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) right , Professor Watson called for the policy to be suspended until the Renewable Fuels Agency finishes its current assessment into the wider effects of biofuel production.
His comments were quickly picked up and widely reported, as well as being seized upon by Conservative Shadow Environment Minister Peter Ainsworth MP and campaign groups such as Greenpeace.
As a leading independent source of information on all aspect of bioenergy, Enagri was keen to speak to Professor Watson about the basis of some of his assertions and to find out more about his recommendations. As the April issue of Enagri went to press on 31 March, no reply had been received.
Richard Crowhurst, managing director of Enagri, said: âYou would have thought that, having called for a delay in the RTFO on one of the nationâs most listened to radio shows, heâd be keen to expand the debate, get the stakeholders involved. Why then has he chosen to ignore Enagriâs invitation to expand on his position through our publication?
âAs a magazine weâve always tried to allow all sides a forum, something that has attracted submissions from US environmentalists like Lester Brown. As for Professor Watson, we know he received our e-mail, but no reply, not even a polite no, has been received so far.
âThe same goes for shadow environment secretary Peter Ainsworth. If the Tories are as green as they keep trying to paint themselves, isnât it time that they actually explained how they would improve on the RTFO framework, rather than just using it to take political pot shots at the Government?â
The full story can be found the April issue of the Enagri electronic magazine, available from the Enagri website at http://www.enagri.info.
1. In a transcript of the interview, the interviewer says that compulsory blending of biofuels under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) will come into force from April 1. In fact the RTFO comes into effect on April 15.
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