This publication presents statistics on the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) for the obligation year 15 April 2013 to 14 April 2014 (Year 6) based on data currently available. This is report three of six and therefore contains an incomplete dataset for Year 6.
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 fuel meeting the sustainability requirements;
- 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;
- voluntary scheme data of renewable transport fuel;
- supplier specific C&S data;
- supplier performance against the obligation; and
- fuel supply by volume and energy.
The headline figures are:
- 1,310 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, which is 3.45% of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. 953 million litres (73%) of this renewable fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements .
- 1,412 million RTFCs have been issued to fuel meeting the sustainability requirements, of which 917 million were issued to double counting feedstocks.
- of the 953 million litres so far meeting the sustainability requirements, bioethanol comprised 51% of supply, biodiesel (FAME) 45% and biomethanol and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) 4%. There were also small volumes of biogas and pure vegetable oil.
Carbon and sustainability (C&S) characteristics of the biofuels to which RTFCs have been issued are:
- the most widely reported source for biodiesel (by feedstock and country of origin) was used cooking oil from the UK (108 million litres, 11% of total fuel, 25% of biodiesel).
- the most widely reported source for bioethanol (by feedstock and country of origin) was corn from the Ukraine (72 million litres, 8% of total fuel, 15% of bioethanol).
- 48% of fuel was made from a waste/non-agricultural residue (double counting) feedstock.
- 23% of the fuel was sourced from UK feedstocks.
- an aggregate greenhouse gas saving of 70% compared to fossil fuels was achieved. This figure excludes emissions from indirect land-use change.
- 99% of the fuel was sourced from a voluntary scheme.
- the most commonly used voluntary scheme was ISCC (88% of fuel) followed by Abengoa RED Bioenergy Sustainability Assurance (9%).