Renewable fuel statistics

Supply of renewable road fuels in the UK.

Latest renewable fuel statistics

The supply of renewable fuel (commonly referred to as biofuel) is measured annually as required under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO).

Figures for each reporting year are updated and published quarterly, and revised several times until final. The quarterly tables will be updated up to 6 times as new data comes in throughout the year, with 1 final annual report, following user feedback.

Renewable fuel information on current and previous renewable fuel statistics are available.

Data tables

Data on the supply of renewable fuel under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO).

About renewable fuel data and reports

All the statistics published in this series are official statistics. The department’s view is that all statistics which are not designated as accredited official statistics are robust and have been produced to a suitable standard.

The RTFO is one of the government’s main policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fuel supplied for use in transport. Under the RTFO, all road transport fossil fuel suppliers are required to provide a volume of sustainable renewable fuel as a percentage of the total road and non-road mobile machinery fuels they supply. By 2020, 9.75% of all fuel supplied by fossil fuel companies is required to be renewable. Similarly, under the RTFO, suppliers are also required to submit reports on the carbon and sustainability standards of the renewable fuels.

All quarterly reports contain fuel volumes which are cross-verified with HMRC data. However, as suppliers can provide their data up to 7 months after the obligation period ends, all figures published prior to the final report for each period are provisional.

The final figures for each obligation period are usually in report 6. There can be some discrepancy between the provisional and final figures so provisional reports should be viewed as indicative rather than definitive. Further information on provisional data is contained within the reports themselves.

Published 8 August 2019
Last updated 8 May 2024 + show all updates
  1. Renewable fuel statistics 2023, fourth provisional release published.

  2. Renewable fuel statistics 2023, third provisional release added.

  3. Final report of 2022 and the second provisional release for 2023 added.

  4. Renewable fuel statistics fifth provisional report for 2022, and the first provisional report for 2023, added.

  5. Renewable fuel statistics 2021 final report's data relating to carbon intensities and the resultant greenhouse gas savings in table RF_0105b have been revised.

  6. Renewable fuel statistics 2022, fourth provisional report added.

  7. Renewable fuel statistics 2022, third provisional report added.

  8. Renewable fuel statistics final report for 2021 and the second provisional report for 2022 added.

  9. Fifth provisional report for 2021 and the first provisional report for 2022 added.

  10. Fourth provisional report added and published.

  11. Renewable fuels third provisional report for 2021 added.

  12. Renewable fuels 2020 final report and second provisional report for 2021 added.

  13. Renewable fuel statistics 2020 fifth provisional report and 2021 first provisional report added to collection.

  14. The fourth provisional renewable fuel statistics 2020 report added to the collection.

  15. Renewable fuel statistics 2020: Third provisional report added to collection.

  16. Final report of 2019 and the second provisional report of 2020 added to collection.

  17. Fifth provisional report of 2019 and the first provisional report of 2020 added to collection.

  18. Renewable fuel statistics 2019, fourth provisional report added to collection.

  19. Renewable fuel statistics 2019 (third provisional report) added to the collection page.

  20. Release published - Renewable fuel statistics 2018, April to December: Final report.

  21. New release published - second provisional report 2019.

  22. First published.