Guidance

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) guidance: year 9

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

Documents

RTFO guidance part 1: process guidance year 9

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RTFO guidance part 2: carbon and sustainability guidance year 9

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RTFO guidance part 3: guidance for verifiers year 9

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Carbon intensity templates year 9

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Detailed carbon intensity data year 9

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Table of voluntary schemes year 9

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Feedstocks including wastes and residues for year 9

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Process guidance renewable fuels list year 9

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UK land use evidence sources year 9

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Recognition of other member states' national systems year 9

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Table of national systems year 9

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Codes of use when uploading CSV data files to the RTFO operating system and carbon calculator year 9

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Detail

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.

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 8 guidance is still available.