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Re-fuelling the countryside - expertise sought on sustainable farm and rural transport

With background issues of "considerable challenges" facing farm and rural transport, the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) last month commissioned a report to study the potential for innovative low carbon transport technologies and fuels in rural areas and on-farms - and is seeking input from those experienced in low emission transport, vehicles and fuels using farm waste.

Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, based Royal Agricultural Society of England aim is to promote the scientific development of agriculture.


Re-fuelling the Countryside: Sustainable Farm and Rural Transport

Entitled “Re-fuelling the Countryside: Sustainable Farm and Rural Transport” the report will investigate potential and practicalities of farm-sourced renewable fuels and innovative transport technologies. Sources will be a mix of industrial applications, research and case-studies.

Renewable fuels explored will include biomethane, electricity, dual fuels, biodiesels and hydrogen.

Low carbon project consultants Greenwatt Technology will compile the report, which is sponsored by Scotia Gas Networks and the Frank Parkinson Trust.

Other project that Greenwatt have ben involved with include testing efficiency of electric cars in rural areas in, partnership with Warwickshire County Council and trialing a battery-powered bus in Stratford-upon-Avon.


Contributing to the development of integrated sustainable rural transport solutions

Mike Woollacott, Managing Director of Greenwatt Technology said, “The report will contribute to the development of integrated sustainable rural transport solutions which meet the needs of rural businesses and communities, add value to farm bio-resource and reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture. “

“We would like to encourage inputs from all those with an interest in or experience of low emission transport, vehicles and fuels, especially where this might involve the use of farm wastes and natural resource.”

To contribute to the study, contact Mike Woollacott on 01789 761367 or email

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