The Red Tractor Assurance scheme has confirmed a further extension to its existing EU approval to allow UK crops grown for biofuels under the Red Tractor scheme to continue to be recognised under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

 RT chief executive Jim Moseley says he has met with the European Commission and obtained a written agreement that the UK  RED approval will be extended until February 6th 2018. “We have no reason not to expect full approval to be granted for a further 5 years before the extension expires,” he adds.

The expiry of the previous five-year approval in early August is reported to have caused some problems in the busy harvest movement period, although a temporary three-month extension was in place later that month. Some grain merchants had to invest in temporary measures for contracted biofuel grain, and were critical that the former approval was allowed to expire, and at the lack of communication over the issue.