Plans to encourage more drivers to fill up with biodiesel were boosted today with the launch of a biodiesel network in Shropshire.
Seven independent garages have signed up to a new scheme to supply the renewable fuel made from oil seed rape or waste vegetable oil.
The B5 Biodiesel pilot scheme is the first phase of a regional initiative which will be gradually extended to other parts of the West Midlands.
B5 Biodiesel is produced from energy crops and consists of a five per cent blend of oil seed rape or reprocessed sunflower oil, which is added to 95 per cent conventional diesel.
The fuel is suitable for all diesel engines without the need for conversion and significantly reduces harmful CO2 emissions, helping to mitigate against the threat of climate change.
Drivers filling up with the fuel can also potentially benefit from increased engine performance and gain better fuel efficiency. The Shropshire initiative is being co-ordinated by Energy West Midlands, the new Government-backed regional energy office, along with Marches Energy Agency and Garage Watch, a leading trade association for independent petrol retailers.
Director of Energy West Midlands Adrian Smith said: "The next phase will identify opportunities in Staffs, Warwicks, Herefordshire and parts of the Black Country."
The network includes Four Crosses Filling Station, Bicton; The Bridge Filling Station, Oswestry; The Garage, Leintwardine; The Mount Local Service Station, the Mount, Shrewsbury; and Sutton Farm Filling Station, Shrewsbury.