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Biofuel statistics: Year 8 (2015 to 2016), report 1

Report 1 for Year 8, from 15 April 2015 to 14 April 2016.

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Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation statistics: year 8, report 1 data tables

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Detail

Statistics on the supply of renewable fuels under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) from 15 April 2015 to 14 April 2016, based on data currently available. This is report 1 of 6 and therefore contains an incomplete dataset for Year 8.

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:

  • 370 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, which is 2.85% of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. 185 million litres (50%) of this renewable fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements
  • 260 million RTFCs have been issued to fuel meeting the sustainability requirements, of which 151 million were issued to double counting feedstocks
  • of the 185 million litres so far meeting the sustainability requirements, bioethanol comprised 73% of supply, biodiesel 25% 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 (13 million litres, 7% of total fuel, 28% of biodiesel)
  • the most widely reported source for bioethanol (by feedstock and country of origin) was sugar beet from France (24 million litres, 13% of total fuel, 18% of bioethanol)
  • 41% of biofuel was made from a waste or non-agricultural residue (double counting) feedstock.
  • 32% of the biofuel was sourced from UK feedstocks
  • an aggregate greenhouse gas saving of 69% 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 86% of biofuel

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