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Professor Gary Hawley
Professor Hawley is to take part in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Renewable Transport Fuels

Internal News - 14 January 2009

Dean of Engineering appointed to Parliamentary Committee

Professor Gary Hawley, Dean & Medlock Chair of Engineering, has been invited to be a member of the All Party Parliamentary Renewable Transport Fuels Group.

The group, comprised of 20 politicians from the major political parties, aims to highlight the potential of renewable transport fuels to help reduce carbon emissions from the transport sector and increase fuel security.

All Party Parliamentary Groups invite academics to share their expert knowledge and opinions on their specialist subject and enable members of campaign groups, charities and other non-governmental organisations in the field to become involved in discussions and influence politicians.

As Director of the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre at the University, Professor Hawley’s research focuses on improving diesel engine fuel efficiency and working with colleagues from across the University to study the impact of biodiesel on vehicle emissions, fuel economy and engine durability.

Professor Hawley said: “I’m delighted at this opportunity to participate in higher level informed debate on the future of biofuels within the transport sector, which endorses the University’s reputation as a leader in the South West in this field.

“There are a number of very exciting early stage research projects underway backed by local sponsors and the Ford Motor Company - the results from which could significantly influence future research directions.

“Biofuels have received a significant amount of adverse publicity recently, especially in the debate on crops for fuel versus food. However, our research at Bath recognises that the real challenges lie with the next generation of biofuels which don’t compete with food.”

The next meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Renewable Transport Fuels will be on 3 February at the House of Commons with Lord Adonis, Minister for Transport, appearing as the keynote speaker to discuss the Government's biofuel targets and the development of sustainability criteria.