This report covers the supply of renewable fuels under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation from 15 April 2013 to 14 April 2014 based on data currently available.
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:
- 425 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, which is 3% of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. 242 million litres (57%) of this renewable fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements.
- 357 million RTFCs have been issued to fuel meeting the sustainability requirements, of which 229 million were issued to double counting feedstocks.
- of the 242 million litres meeting the sustainability requirements, bioethanol comprised 52% of supply, biodiesel (FAME) 41% and biomethanol and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) 6%. There were also small volumes of biogas, and pure vegetable oil.
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 (30 million litres, 12% of total fuel, 30% of biodiesel).
- the most widely reported source for bioethanol (by feedstock and country of origin) was corn from the Ukraine (32 million litres, 13% of total fuel, 25% of bioethanol).
- 47% of fuel was made from a waste/non-agricultural residue (double counting) feedstock.
- 24% 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.
- 98% of the fuel was sourced from a voluntary scheme.
- the most commonly used voluntary scheme was ISCC (87% of fuel) followed by Abengoa RED Bioenergy Sustainability Assurance (8%).