Don’t make me larf.
A single full tank of bio-ethanol uses up as much grain as an adult can eat in a whole year. In order to cover the German requirement for biofuel, an arable area of around one million hectares would be needed (Ed: That’s 3,861 square miles if you are British like me). That is four times the size of the south-western German state of Saarland, which would need to be fertilized, treated with pesticides and intensively farmed.
And of course we have no say in the matter. And of course another government quango sprang into life in order to bring this into being.
THE RENEWABLE TRANSPORT FUEL OBLIGATIONS ORDER 2007
The Order imposes an obligation on fuel suppliers to ensure that, by 2010, renewable fuels make up 5% of their UK road fuel sales.
And why are we doing it? You’ve guessed.
The EU has set a target that by 2020 at least 10 per cent of transport fuel should come from biofuels.
Can we leave yet?