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Biofuel statistics: Year 4 (2011 to 2012), report 5

Renewable fuel figures for the obligation year 15 April 2011 to 14 April 2012 (Year 4).

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Biofuel statistics: Year 4 (2011/12), report 5

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This publication presents statistics on the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) for the obligation year 15 April 2011 to 14 April 2012 (Year 4).

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; and,
  • carbon and sustainability (C&S) characteristics of the renewable fuel supplied ¹.

The headline figures are:

  • Six billion litres of renewable transport fuel have been supplied in the 48 months since the RTFO began.

In Year 4 (14 April 2011 to 15 April 2012) of the RTFO:

  • 1.6 billion litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, which is 3.6% of total road transport fuel reported to the RTFO Administrator against an annual obligation of 4.0%.
  • more biodiesel (57%) has been supplied than bioethanol (43%). There were also small volumes of biogas, biomethanol and pure vegetable oil.
  • 1.7 billion RTFCs have been issued of which 464 million were for double counting feedstocks.

From 15 Dec 2011 to 14 Apr 2012:

  • 43% of the Year 4 RTFCs were issued to biofuel supplied in this period.
  • the largest proportion of renewable fuel was derived from used cooking oil (229 million litres, 45% of total biofuel supplied). The most widely reported source (by feedstock and country of origin) for biodiesel was used cooking oil from the Netherlands (48 million litres, 18% of biodiesel supplied). The most widely sourced bioethanol was corn from the United States of America (163 million litres, 69% of bioethanol supplied).
  • 12% of renewable fuel was sourced from UK feedstocks.
  • an aggregate greenhouse gas saving of 63% compared to fossil fuels was achieved. This figure excludes emissions from indirect land-use change.

¹ This report contains fuel volume and RTFC data for the whole obligation period, and verified C&S data on renewable fuels supplied for the period after implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive (15 December 2011 to 14 April 2012).

Unverified C&S data for renewable fuels supplied for the period 15 April to 14 December 2011 can be found in the Biofuels series. We expect to publish verified data for this period in February 2013

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