Latest biofuels statistics were released today

Department_for_Transport_logo_600The Department for Transport released the latest biofuels statistics for 2 years: 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015.

These reports detail the supply of renewable fuels under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, in the UK during the last 2 years

In 2013 to 2014

  • 1,744 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, which is 3.46% of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel.
  • 1,740 million litres (99.8%) of this renewable fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements.
  • Of the 1,740 million litres so far meeting the sustainability requirements, bioethanol comprised 48% of supply; biodiesel (FAME) 49%; and biomethanol and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) 3%. There were also small volumes of biogas and off road biodiesel.
  • The most widely reported source for biodiesel (by feedstock and country of origin) was used cooking oil from the UK (141 million litres, 8% of total fuel, 16% of biodiesel).
  • 46% of fuel was made from a waste/non-agricultural residue (double counting) feedstock.
  • 19% of the fuel 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 fuel was sourced from a voluntary scheme.
  • The most commonly used voluntary scheme without a second scheme listed was ISCC at 86% of fuel (including a second schemes raises this to 89%).
  • In 2014-15 (based on data currently available):

    •  474 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied, which is 3.73% of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel.
    • 272 million litres (57%) of this renewable fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements.
    • Of the 272 million litres so far meeting the sustainability requirements, bioethanol comprised 51% of supply, biodiesel (FAME) 47% and biomethanol 2%. There were also small volumes of biogas and off road biodiesel.
    • The most widely reported source for biodiesel (by feedstock and country of origin) was used cooking oil from the UK (26 million litres, 10% of total fuel, 21% of biodiesel).
  • 50% of fuel was made from a waste/non-agricultural residue (double counting) feedstock.
  • 23% 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.
  • 99% of the fuel was sourced from a voluntary scheme.
  • The most commonly used voluntary scheme was ISCC (85% of fuel).

  • Full details are available on the Department’s website for 2013 – 2014 and 2014 – 2015

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