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Biofuel statistics: Year 7 (2014 to 2015), report 2

Report 2 for Year 7, from 15 April 2014 to 14 April 2015.


Renewable transport fuel obligation statistics: year 7, report 2 data tables

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Report covers the supply of renewable fuels under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation from 15 April 2014 to 14 April 2015, based on data currently available. This is report 2 of 6 and therefore contains an incomplete dataset for Year 7.

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

The headline figures are:

  • 940 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, which is 3.65% of total road and non road mobile machinery fuel. 553 million litres (59%) of this renewable fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements
  • 809 million RTFCs have been issued to fuel meeting the sustainability requirements, of which 512 million were issued to double counting feedstocks
  • of the 553 million litres so far meeting the sustainability requirements, bioethanol comprised 50% of supply, biodiesel (FAME) 48% and biomethanol 1%. There were also small volumes of biogas and off road biodiesel

C&S characteristics of the biofuels to which RTFCs have been issued:

  • the most widely reported source for biodiesel (by feedstock and country of origin) was used cooking oil from the UK (52 million litres, 9% of total fuel, 19% of biodiesel)
  • the most widely reported source for bioethanol (by feedstock and country of origin) was corn from the Ukraine (62 million litres, 11% of total fuel, 22% of bioethanol)
  • 46% of fuel was made from a waste or non agricultural residue (double counting) feedstock.
  • 25% of the fuel was sourced from UK feedstocks
  • an aggregate greenhouse gas saving of 68% 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 without a second scheme listed was ISCC at 82% of fuel (including a second schemes raises this to 83%)

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Published 5 February 2015