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Biofuel statistics: Year 5 (2012 to 2013), report 1

Renewable transport fuel data for the obligation year 15 April 2012 to 14 July 2012 (Year 5).

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Biofuel statistics: Year 5 (2012 to 2013), report 1

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This publication presents statistics on the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) for the obligation year 15 April 2012 to 14 July 2012 (Year 5).

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.

The headline figures are:

  • 6.3 billion litres of renewable transport fuel have been supplied in the 51 months since the RTFO began.

In the first quarter of Year 5 of the RTFO (15 April 2012 to 14 July 2012):

  • 321 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, which is 2.9% of total road transport fuel reported to the RTFO Administrator against an annual obligation of 4.5%.
  • more bioethanol (60%) has been supplied than biodiesel (36%). There were also small volumes of biogas, biomethanol, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and pure vegetable oil.
  • 154 million RTFCs have been issued of which 69 million were for double counting feedstocks.

C&S characteristics of the biofuels to which RTFCs have been issued (37% of the total biofuel)¹:

  • the largest proportion of renewable fuel was derived from non-European Community corn (66 million litres, 55% of total biofuel to which RTFCs have been issued). The most widely reported source (by feedstock and country of origin) for biodiesel was used cooking oil from the USA (8 million litres, 31% of biodiesel to which RTFCs have been issued). The most widely sourced bioethanol was corn from the United States of America (65 million litres, 76% of bioethanol to which RTFCs have been issued).
  • 11% of renewable fuel was sourced from UK feedstocks.
  • an aggregate greenhouse gas saving of 59% compared to fossil fuels was achieved. This figure excludes emissions from indirect land-use change.

¹ The final deadline for applying for RTFCs is 12 August following the obligation period.

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Published 1 November 2012