Statistics

Biofuel statistics: Year 5 (2012 to 2013), report 4

Statistics on biofuels for 15 April 2012 to 14 April 2013 from current available data.

Documents

Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation statistics: period 5, 2012-13, report 4

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Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation statistics: period 5, 2012-13, report 4 XLS tables

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Detail

It includes information on:

  • the amount of UK road transport fuel from renewable and fossil fuel
  • the number of Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) which have been issued to sustainable renewable fuel
  • the balance of RTFCs by obligation period
  • trades of RTFCs between suppliers and/or traders
  • carbon and sustainability (C&S) characteristics of the renewable fuel to which RTFCs have been issued

Key points

1,337 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, of which 1,031 million litres (77%) has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements.

1,465 million RTFCs have been issued to fuel meeting the sustainability requirements, of which 868 million were issued to double counting feedstocks.

Of the 1,031 million litres meeting the sustainability requirements, bioethanol comprised 56% of supply, biodiesel (FAME) 39% and biomethanol and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) 5%. There were also small volumes of biogas, and pure vegetable oil.

C&S characteristics of the biofuels to which RTFCs have been issued:

  • the most widely reported source for biodiesel (by feedstock and country of origin) was used cooking oil from the UK (128 million litres, 12% of total fuel, 32% of biodiesel)
  • the most widely reported source (by feedstock and country of origin) for bioethanol was corn from the United States of America (203 million litres, 35% of bioethanol)
  • 22% of the fuel was sourced from UK feedstocks
  • an aggregate greenhouse gas saving of 67% compared to fossil fuels was achieved. This figure excludes emissions from indirect land-use change
  • 77% of the fuel was sourced from a Voluntary Scheme
  • the most commonly used voluntary scheme was ISCC (60% of fuel) followed by Abengoa RED Bioenergy Sustainability Assurance (11%)

Technical information

Pre-release access list and related technical documentation is available in the technical guidance.

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