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Biofuel statistics: Year 8 (2015 to 2016), report 2

Report 2 for Year 8, from 15 April 2015 to 14 April 2016.


Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation statistics: year 8, report 2 tables

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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 2 of 6 and therefore contains an incomplete dataset for Year 8.

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

The headline figures are:

  • 788 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, which is 3% of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. 493 million litres (63%) of this renewable fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements
  • 752 million RTFCs have been issued to fuel meeting the sustainability requirements, of which 517 million were issued to double counting feedstocks
  • of the 493 million litres so far meeting the sustainability requirements, bioethanol comprised 58% of supply, biodiesel 40% and biomethanol 2%. There were also small volumes of biodiesel HVO, 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 (59 million litres, 12% of total fuel, 30% of biodiesel)
  • the most widely reported source for bioethanol (by feedstock and country of origin) was sugar beet from France (43 million litres, 9% of total fuel, 15% of bioethanol)
  • 52% 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 73% 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 85% of biofuel

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Published 4 February 2016