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UK falls short of biofuel targets for 2010/2011

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published its annual statistics for biofuels recorded under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.

Date Posted 15 Aug 2011
Story Source Dr Matthew Aylott, NNFCC
Relevant Industries Biofuels

Fuels Case StudyIn the twelve months of the 2010/11 obligation period, 1,440 million litres of biofuel were supplied, which is approximately 3.1 per cent of total road transport fuel and a little way short of the annual target of 3.5 per cent.

Biodiesel continued to dominate the biofuels market with a 59 per cent share, but bioethanol's market share increased to 41 per cent. The largest single feedstock for biofuel was used cooking oil (428 million litres, 30 per cent of total biofuel supplied).

Most of the feedstocks used to make biofuels were imported; just 22 per cent was reported as coming from UK feedstocks. The most widely reported source of biodiesel was soy from Argentina (180 million litres, 21 per cent of biodiesel supplied), while the most widely reported source of bioethanol was sugarcane from Brazil (119 million litres, 20 per cent of bioethanol supplied).

New sustainability criteria for biofuels mean they must save a certain percentage of greenhouse gas emissions relative to fossil fuels to qualify for subsidies or count towards mandatory national renewable energy targets. DfT statistics reported greenhouse gas savings of 58 per cent were achieved against a target of 50 per cent.

However, only 55 per cent of biofuels were produced according to the criteria of a recognised environmental standard, against a target of 80 per cent. For fuels coming from UK feedstocks this figure was 85 per cent.

To view the DfT statistics in full please click here.

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