Guidance

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) guidance: year 10

This guidance provides support for fuel suppliers, independent verifiers and others involved in the supply of biofuels for road transport.

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This information is for processing Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) returns for the period between the 15 April 2017 to 14 April 2018. Returns later than these dates should use the latest version of the RTFO guidance.

Documents

RTFO guidance part 1: process guidance year 10

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RTFO guidance part 2: carbon and sustainability guidance year 10

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RTFO guidance part 3: guidance for verifiers year 10

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Carbon intensity templates and data year 10

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Table of voluntary schemes year 10

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Feedstocks including wastes and residues year 10

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Process guidance renewable fuels list year 10

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UK land use evidence sources year 10

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Codes of use when uploading CSV data files to the RTFO operating system and carbon calculator year 10

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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 road transport 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 parts.

Part 1: process guidance

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

  • the obligation 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 receiving 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 for data between 15 April 2017 and 14 April 2018.

Part 3: guidance for verifiers

Biofuels 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

Year 9 guidance is still available.

Published 5 April 2017
Last updated 14 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. 'Feedstocks including wastes and residues for year 10' updated. Starch slurry added as a single counting biofuel feedstock, along with a new description of waste starch slurry.
  2. Feedstock documentation updated to include the new materials of sewage system FOG and empty palm fruit bunches.
  3. Data file codes updated, changes include a Bagasse code, cobs code and land type of highly biodiverse grassland added.
  4. First published.