U.K. DECC releases 2014 liquid biofuel data

By Erin Voegele | April 13, 2015

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released provisional annual energy statistics for 2014, reporting that ethanol accounted for 4.6 percent of gasoline last year. Biodiesel accounted for 3.4 percent of total diesel.

According to the DECC, 1.767 billion liters (466.79 gallons) of liquid biofuels were consumed in the transportation sector last year, up 11.5 percent from the 1.586 billion liters consumed in 2013. Ethanol consumption, however, fell by 0.9 percent, from 820 million liters in 2013 to 812 million liters in 2014. Biodiesel consumption increased by 25 percent, from 766 million liters in 2013 to 955 million liters last year.

The DECC noted that while ethanol contributed the largest share of biofuel consumption in 2012 and 2013, the 2014 mix of biofuels reverted back to its longer-term trend with biodiesel contributing the larger share at 54 percent.

During the final quarter of last year, the U.K. consumed 431 million liters of liquid biofuels for transportation, up 0.7 percent from 428 million liters in the same period of 2013. Biodiesel consumption increased 1.3 percent, from 226 million liters to 229 million liters. Ethanol consumption was 202 million liters for the quarter, the same level as reported for the fourth quarter of 2013.

Biodiesel accounted for 3.1 percent of diesel during the fourth quarter, while ethanol accounted for 4.6 percent of gasoline. On a combined basis, the two biofuels accounted for 3.7 of transportation fuels, the same level as reported for the final quarter of 2013. Biodiesel accounted for 53 percent of liquid biofuel consumption in the fourth quarter, and ethanol accounted for 47 percent.