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This report covers the supply of renewable fuels under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) from 15 April 2014 to 14 April 2015, based on data currently available. It is report 3 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:
1,356 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, which is 3.54% of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel - 1,013 million litres (75%) of this renewable fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements
1,529 million RTFCs have been issued to fuel meeting the sustainability requirements, of which 1,032 million were issued to double counting feedstocks
of the 1,013 million litres so far meeting the sustainability requirements, biodiesel (FAME) comprised 50% of supply, bioethanol 49% 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 (85 million litres, 8% of total fuel, 17% of biodiesel)
the most widely reported source for bioethanol (by feedstock and country of origin) was corn from the Ukraine (82 million litres, 8% of total fuel, 16% of bioethanol)
51% of fuel was made from a waste or non-agricultural residue (double counting) feedstock
29% 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 listed was ISCC at 79% of fuel (including a second scheme raises this to 83%)