This guidance provides support for fuel suppliers, independent verifiers and others involved in the supply of biofuels for road transport.
The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) guidance provides support for fuel suppliers, independent verifiers and others involved in the supply of biofuels for use in road transport in the UK.
The guidance is divided into 3 parts.
Part 1: process guidance
This provides information on how fossil fuel and renewable transport fuel suppliers should comply with the RTFO Order and practical instruction on how they should submit the required information to the administrator. It provides detailed instructions and information on:
- 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 & sustainability guidance
This aims to provide assistance on carbon and sustainability (C&S) reporting for fossil fuel and renewable transport fuel suppliers that wish to benefit from receiving Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). It clarifies sustainability criteria for biofuels supplied under the RTFO and how to demonstrate compliance. It provides detailed information on:
- reporting carbon and sustainability data
- demonstrating compliance with greenhouse gas and land use criteria
- mass balance rules
- wastes and residues
- regional emissions from biofuels cultivation
The carbon calculator is a standalone programme that contains default values for the carbon emissions associated with various types of biofuels. It allows fuel suppliers to calculate the carbon saved on a batch of fuels, as an alternative to looking up values in the carbon and sustainability (C&S) guidance tables. It should reduce the potential for errors.
Part 3: guidance for verifiers
All carbon and sustainability data associated with biofuels must be verified by an independent third party before Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates will be awarded for those fuels. The guidance for verifiers outlines the approach to this process.
It includes detailed information on:
- the purpose and requirements of verification
- planning and risk assessment
- developing an assurance strategy
- reporting and assurance statements
Supplementary guidance for small suppliers of used cooking oil biodiesel
This supplementary guidance is primarily intended for use by smaller suppliers of biofuels who have previously not had to verify the carbon sustainability (C&S) of the data associated with their biofuel. This verification process is now a requirement in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). It should be noted however, that this guidance is not intended to replace the full RTFO guidance (parts 1 to 3) but to provide an overview of the requirements under the new scheme, particularly for those suppliers who are unfamiliar with the new requirements.
Year 5 guidance
- Part 1: process guidance year 5 version 5
- Part 2: carbon and sustainability guidance year 5 version 5
- Part 3: guidance for verifiers year 5 version 5
- Supplementary guidance for smaller suppliers
- Carbon intensity templates
- Detailed carbon intensity data
- Table of voluntary schemes
- List of wastes and residues
- Process guidance renewable fuels list
Earlier guidance and the RTFO (Amendment) Order
- Versions of the guidance from reporting years 4 to 4.5
- Versions of the guidance from reporting years 1 to 3
- RTFO (Amendment) Order 2011
Suppliers who are not obligated under the RTFO but who are required to report to DfT under the Motor Fuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulations should read our separate guidance on greenhouse gas emissions reporting.