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Biofuel statistics: Year 7 (2014 to 2015), report 6

Report 6 for Year 7, from 15 April 2014 to 14 April 2015.

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Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation statistics: year 7, report 6 tables

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Statistics on 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. This is the final report and contains the final dataset for Year 7.

The report 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 performance against the obligation
  • fuel supply by volume and energy
  • performance against GHG reporting requirements

The headline figures are:

  • 1,671 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, which is 3.29% of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. 1,669 million litres (99.8%) of this renewable fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements
  • 2,503 million RTFCs have been issued to fuel meeting the sustainability requirements, of which 1,668 million were issued to double counting feedstocks
  • of the 1,669 million litres so far meeting the sustainability requirements, biodiesel (FAME) comprised 50% of supply, bioethanol 48% and biomethanol 1%. There were also small volumes of biogas, off road biodiesel and HVO (renewable portion)

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 (159 million litres, 10% of total fuel, 19% of biodiesel)
  • the most widely reported source for bioethanol (by feedstock and country of origin) was wheat from the UK (166 million litres, 10% of total fuel, 21% of bioethanol)
  • 50% of biofuel was made from a waste or non-agricultural residue (double counting) feedstock
  • 30% of the biofuel 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 biofuel was sourced via a voluntary scheme
  • the most commonly used voluntary scheme listed was ISCC at 83% of biofuel

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