Guidance

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) guidance: 2020

Information on complying, reporting and verifying with the RTFO process for fuel suppliers, independent verifiers and those supplying road transport biofuels.

Documents

Table of voluntary schemes for RTFO 2020

RTFO guidance part 1: process guidance year 2020

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RTFO guidance part 2: carbon and sustainability guidance year 2020

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RTFO guidance part 3: guidance for verifiers year 2020

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Carbon intensity templates and data year 2020

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Process guidance renewable fuels list for 2020

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UK land use evidence sources 2020

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Codes of use when uploading CSV data files to the RTFO operating system and carbon calculator 2020

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Details

This Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) guidance is for fuel suppliers, independent verifiers and others involved in the supply of biofuels in the UK (but not those reporting under the Motor Fuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulations, for which separate guidance has been issued).

The RTFO guidance is in 3 main parts.

Part 1: Process guidance

Part 1 provides information on how fossil fuel and renewable transport fuel suppliers should comply with the RTFO Order and practical instructions on how to submit required information. It provides information about:

  • the obligations that the RTFO Order puts on certain fuel suppliers
  • applying for and maintaining an account with the RTFO administrator
  • applying for Renewable Transport Fuels Certificates (RTFCs)
  • penalties for non-compliance

Part 2: Carbon and sustainability guidance

Part 2 provides assistance on carbon and sustainability reporting for fossil and renewable transport fuel suppliers applying for RTFCs. It provides information about:

  • reporting data
  • demonstrating compliance with greenhouse gas and land use
  • mass balance rules
  • wastes and residues
  • regional emissions from biofuels cultivation

The biofuels carbon calculator allows fuel suppliers to calculate the carbon saved on a batch of fuels.

Part 3: Guidance for verifiers

Carbon and sustainability data must be independently verified before RTFCs are awarded. Part 3 provides information about:

  • the purpose and requirements of verification
  • planning and risk assessment
  • developing an assurance strategy
  • reporting and assurance statements

This guidance replaces the 2019 RTFO guidance and is the preferred method of use, although the 2019 guidance can still be used, if required, till September 2020.

Published 2 January 2020
Last updated 24 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated list of feedstocks, including wastes and residues (year 2020), under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). Updated table of voluntary schemes for RTFO 2020.

  2. First published.