GREEN campaigners are to hold a protest outside Bolton MP Ruth Kelly's constituency office tomorrow.

The protesters are taking part in a national day of demonstration against the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation.

The European Union directive will require fuel companies to include biofuels in their products. From tomorrow, 2.5 per cent of petrol and diesel sold in the UK will include fuel from crops such as palm oil and maize. The EU hopes it will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. However, activists claim the reverse will happen.

Green party member James Alden said: "There is a proven direct link between biofuels and climate change, deforestation and the degradation of local communities. The directive will only fuel these problems as there is no safeguard ensuring that the biofuels come from a sustainable source."

The protesters are calling on Ms Kelly to lobby against the directive.