UK issues 1.504 billion RTFCs so far in Year 10

4 May 2018 |

The UK government has issued 1.504 billion Road Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) so far for the Year-10 compliance period, according to data released this week by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Based on the data available as of 15th March 2018, the DfT said supply of renewable fuel in Year 10 had been tallied at 1.205 billion litres, equivalent to 3% of the total road and non-road machinery fuel.

Data can be supplied up to seven months after the end of the obligation period, meaning that the final report for Year 10 will be published in February 2019.

The Year 10 issuance figure corresponds with the 1.399 billion RTFCs issued at this stage last year for Year 9.  

Of the 1.205 billion of renewable fuels supplied for Year 10 so far, 910 million litres were demonstrated to meet sustainability requirements.

Of the 910 million litres, bioethanol comprised 49% of supply, biodiesel 47% and biomethanol 4%. The remainder was also a small volume of biomethane, off-road biodiesel and HVO.

Of the renewable fuels meeting the sustainability criteria, 65% were made from a waste/residue (double counting) feedstock.

UK feedstocks accounted for 25% of biofuel in the Year-10 period, with cooking oil from the US the most widely-reported source for biodiesel, by feedstock and country of origin.

Wheat from UK was the most widely reported source for bioethanol (by feedstock and country of origin) accounting for 119 million litres, equivalent to 13% of total fuel, and 27% of bioethanol.

The DfT said biofuels used in the UK achieved aggregated greenhouse gas savings of 76%, compared with fossil fuels.

Once emissions from indirect land-use change (ILUC) are factored in, GHG savings are reduced to 71%.

Year 9 issuance of RTFC credits was 2.564 billion for the full 12 months, compared with Year 8 issuance of 2.484 billion.

Supply of RTFCs in Year 11, which runs from 15 April 2018 to 14 April 2019, is expected to rise sharply following the imposition of new biofuel targets from 15 April, which aim to double the use of renewables in the UK transport sector by 2020.

The new targets are also intended to promote advanced biofuels from waste for use in sectors such as aviation, and shrink the UK’s reliance on imported biodiesel.

Changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation will compel distributors of transport fuel that supply at least 450,000 litres a year to sell more renewable fuel.

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