British energy company BP opened its $520 million Vivergo bioethanol plant in Hull. The facility is a joint venture between BP, chemical company DuPont and food company AB Sugar.
The facility will produce more than 110 million gallons of bioethanol a year when it reaches its full capacity. BP described the facility as a fuel source for the transportation sector.
BP said the Vivergo facility would get its fuel source from area wheat producers and support the dairy industry by producing protein-rich feed stock. The greenhouse gas savings from the plant is about the same as removing 180,000 cars from British roads.
"This highly efficient plant will significantly contribute to the production of food and fuel in a sustainable way, the U.K.'s 2020 renewable energy targets and the U.K. economy and growth," AB Sugar Chief Executive Officer Mark Carr said in a statement Monday.
Members of the European Union set a benchmark of getting 20 percent of their energy from renewable resources by 2020.
The European Environment Agency said linking agriculture to energy means more land-use changes and deforestation, which could make any environmental benefits for biofuels negligible.
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