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UK April-Oct biofuel supplies fall 3.2% on year: RTFO

London (Platts)--2 Feb 2018 935 am EST/1435 GMT


UK supplies of renewable fuel from April 15 to October 14, 2017, totaled 777 million liters, according to the latest Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) statistics released Thursday, a 3.2% decline on the same period in 2016.

FAME biodiesel supplies in the UK in the period totaled 375 million liters, down 5.8% year on year, with bioethanol supplies 3.4% lower at 373 million liters.

Diesel and gasoline supplies in the period amounted to 14.883 billion and 8.075 billion liters respectively, up 2% and down 3.1% on the year.

Some 491 million litres of biofuel have so far met sustainability requirements, of which biodiesel comprised 51%, bioethanol 46% and biomethanol 3%. Waste/non-agricultural residue feedstock accounted for 68% of sustainable biofuel, which is considered double-counted material in terms of its contribution to the national biofuel mandate.

RTFO statistics also showed that 827 million Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates were issued for fuel meeting sustainability requirements, 81% of which were issued to double-counting feedstocks.

UK feedstocks accounted for 30% of biofuels, with used cooking oil from the US the most widely reported source for biodiesel (27%). For bioethanol, the most widely reported source was UK wheat (32%).

The UK currently has a blending mandate for biofuels of 4.75% on a volume basis, with no minimum for either ethanol or biodiesel, but allowing double counting for waste-based biofuels, hence requiring less volume to meet the mandate.

--Chrysa Glystra, chrysa.glystra@spglobal.com

--Edited by Jonathan Loades-Carter, jonathan.carter@spglobal.com




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