Official Statistics

Biofuel statistics: Year 5 (2012 to 2013), report 3

Statistics on biofuels for the first three quarters of the obligation year, 15 April 2012 to 14 April 2013 (Year 5).

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Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation statistics: year 5, report 3, 2012/13

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Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation statistics: year 5, report 3, 2012/13 data tables

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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 sustainable renewable fuel.
  • the balance of RTFCs by obligation period;
  • trades of RTFCs between suppliers and/or traders; and,
  • carbon and sustainability (C&S) characteristics of the renewable fuel to which RTFCs have been issued.

Key points:

  • 965 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, of which 632 million litres (66%) has so far been proven to be sustainable.
  • 904 million RTFCs have been issued to the fuel proven to be sustainable of which 271 million were issued to double counting feedstocks.
  • Of the 632 million litres proven sustainable, bioethanol comprised 55% of supply, biodiesel (FAME) 39% and biomethanol and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) 6%. There were also small volumes of biogas, and pure vegetable oil.
  • The most widely reported source (by feedstock and country of origin) for biodiesel was used cooking oil from the UK (55 million litres, 22% of biodiesel).
  • The most widely reported source (by feedstock and country of origin) for bioethanol was corn from the United States of America (171 million litres, 49% of bioethanol).
  • 18% of sustainable renewable 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.
  • 64% of sustainable renewable fuel was sourced from a Voluntary Scheme.

Technical information

Information on Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation statistics: year 5, 2012/13, report 3, including the pre-release access list and related technical documentation

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Published 2 May 2013