Any fuel supplier supplying more than 450,000 litres of biofuel for use in road transport in the UK were required to submit verified reports on the sustainability of their biofuels for the period 2010 to 2011.
These reports include a summary of biofuels supplied and their performance against the voluntary sustainability standards which were in place during this period, as well as any further activity outside the immediate scope of these targets which suppliers may have undertaken to ensure the sustainability of their biofuels.
The suppliers were required to engage independent verifiers to provide limited assurance that the information supplied was accurate. The assurance statements accompany the reports, either embedded as part of the reports themselves, or as separate documents published alongside the supplier’s report.
One obligated supplier, Valero, made a number of errors in its report, predominantly when calculating the weighted averages for the performance of its fuels. The company was given the opportunity to correct these errors but did not do so. Corrected figures produced by the RTFO Administrator have been published alongside the company’s report as a spreadsheet.
Supplier reports from previous years:
The amendment of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (RTFO) Order in December 2011 removed voluntary targets and added the mandatory sustainability criteria of the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED).
This will mean changes to the way fuel companies are expected to report to the RTFO Administrator in future years.
The independently verified data on supply of biofuels to the UK under the RTFO during the period covered by these reports is also available on the department’s website.