U.K. DECC: Ethanol consumption down slightly during first quarter

By Erin Voegele | August 21, 2015

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has published updated renewable energy statistics, reporting a 19 percent decrease in liquid biofuels consumption. While 387 million liters (102.23 million gallons) of liquid biofuels were consumed during the first quarter of last year, consumption dropped to 314 million liters during the first quarter of this year. According to the DECC, quarterly biofuel consumption reached its lowest level since the third quarter of 2012, when only 305 million liters of liquid biofuels were consumed. 

Ethanol consumption fell by only 1.6 percent during the quarter, from 192 million liters during the first quarter of 2014 to 189 million liters during the first quarter of 2015. Biodiesel consumption, however, fell by 36 percent, from 195 million liters during the first quarter of last year to 125 million liters during the first quarter of this year.

According to the DECC, ethanol accounted for 4.6 percent of gasoline consumed in the U.K. transportation sector during the first quarter. Biodiesel accounted for 1.8 percent of total diesel consumption in the sector. On a combined basis, the two liquid biofuels accounted for 2.9 percent of transportation fuel, down 0.7 percentage points from the same quarter of the prior year and 0.8 percentage points than the fourth quarter of last year.

The DECC also reported that during the first quarter, ethanol contributed 60 percent of the share of biofuels consumption. The quarter marked the first time since the first quarter of last year when the balance of ethanol was higher than biodiesel.