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Biofuels statistics

This web page provides biofuels data

Information on biofuels data. These statistics are updated quarterly.

The latest statistics on Biofuels

Latest update: 28 April 2011

Summary of latest key results

  • 4.1 billion litres of biofuel have been supplied under the RTFO in the first 33 months.

In the first nine months of the 2010/11 obligation period:

  • 1,205 million litres of biofuel have been supplied, which is approximately 3.3% of total road transport fuel. The annual target is 3.5%.
  • More biodiesel (61%) has been supplied than bioethanol (39%).  A small volume of biogas has also been declared to the administrator.
  • The largest single feedstock for biofuel was used cooking oil (314m litres, 26% of total biofuel supplied). The most widely reported source of biodiesel was soy from Argentina (179m litres, 24% of biodiesel supplied). The most widely reported source of bioethanol was sugarcane from Brazil (117m litres, 25% of bioethanol supplied).
  • The majority of feedstock has been imported; 20% of the biofuel was reported as coming from UK feedstocks.
  • Greenhouse gas savings of 55% were achieved against a target of 50%.
  • 49% of biofuels were produced according to the criteria of a recognised environmental standard, against a target of 80%. For fuels coming from UK feedstocks this figure was 76%.
  • The feedstock is known for 96% of fuel supplied. Both the feedstock and country of origin are known for 95%.

Tables and charts on Biofuels

The tables provide further details on the topics covered in the RTFO quarterly report 11. Please refer to the notes on the tables themselves.

Complete set of biofuels tables, charts and maps

Renewable Transport Fuels

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