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New research published by Defra says that an estimated 51 thousand hectares of agricultural land in the UK were used for bioenergy in 2013, around 0.8% of all arable land in the country. Just over 80% of the land used for bioenergy was to grow biofuel (biodiesel and bioethanol) for the road transport market.
Three recent reports from diverse authors - Imperial College, the Management Consultants Association and the UK Energy Research Centre - find that a focus on low carbon innovation and clean technology is good for growth and jobs.
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) say that fuel efficiency should be the main area of focus for the EC when reviewing the 96/53/EC weights and dimensions proposal for commercial vehicles. They say the proposed legislation should lead with improved overall fuel efficiency as a precondition for allowing increased vehicle length.