Review of the Indirect Effects of Biofuels

RFA Review of the Indirect Effects of Biofuels - the 'Gallagher Review'

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The executive summary of the RFA's Gallagher review into the indirect effects of biofuels production is available here. The full report is available for download here. The consultancy studies that have contributed to the review are available to download from here. A link to the Government response is here. The full transcript of the Oral Ministerial Statement by Ruth Kelly on 7 July 2008, and subsequent discussion, is available here

Gallagher review addendum

A couple of errors in the Gallagher review report have been pointed out to us, for which we are very grateful. This includes an error in the carbon payback figures in table 2.1. They do not affect the conclusions or recommendations of the review, but anyone referring to the review should make sure to use the corrected figures. The revisions are detailed in an addendum here

Gallagher review responses

Responses to the Gallagher review received by the RFA can be read here.

Gallagher review background

On 21 February 2008 Secretary of State for Transport Ruth Kelly invited the Renewable Fuels Agency to undertake a Review of the Indirect Effects of Biofuels. This was done in the light of new evidence suggesting that an increasing demand for biofuels might indirectly cause carbon emissions because of land use change, and concerns that demand for biofuels may be driving food insecurity by causing food commodity price increases. The Government has made clear that it would like the RFA to report back as soon as possible in order to be able to have the best opportunity of influencing EU negotiations on future biofuel targets.

The RFA consulted widely among its stakeholders, and invited world leading experts to contribute. A call for evidence (posted 25 March 2008) for the review was open until 14 April 2008.

Review updates 

A first update (08 April 2008) on the progress of the review is available here (posted 09 April 2008). The second update (17 April 2008) is available here. A third update is available here (13 May 2008). A fourth update is available here (26 June 2008).

Stakeholder Workshop

There was a stakeholder workshop looking at the initial findings of the biofuels review on 22 May, at Birkbeck college in London. Further details of the workshop can be found at section 5 of Review Update 2.

If you have any queries about the review or the call to evidence, please call the RFA on 0207 944 8454.

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