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The sustainability of biopropane

Dear Sir,

The sustainability of biopropane and its production process has been a clear area of focus throughout the development of the product (“Biopropane could power Britain, Calor Gas says”, H&V News, 22 October).

The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive sets out strict sustainability criteria for biofuels, and only fuels that comply with these criteria can be used to meet national renewable energy mandates.

The Directive’s sustainability requirements regulate areas such as: where and how the feedstock used in refining the fuel are produced; the greenhouse gas emissions generated during the fuel production chain compared with fossil fuel emissions; how compliance with criteria is verified; and
how the greenhouse gas emissions of fuels are calculated.

Subsequent to the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s (DECC) 2012 call for evidence on biopropane, it has consulted on the fuel’s possible inclusion in the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

As part of this, the DECC has received further information regarding the sustainability of Nesté Oil’s production process.

All of the renewable inputs used by Nesté are traced back to where they are produced or cultivated.

Nesté requires all its renewable inputs to be produced in accordance with responsible and sustainable practices.

Fuel produced from renewable inputs is also required to have a proven effect in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Nesté only buys renewable inputs that meet the strict sustainability criteria of the Renewable Energy Directive or those followed by the Environmental
Protection Agency in the US, as well as its own sustainability criteria.

Prior to signing a supply contract, Nesté carries out a due diligence audit of every potential supplier to confirm that they operate sustainably.

After becoming a supplier, their operations are audited regularly, both by an impartial third party and by Nesté itself.

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