UK DECC releases ethanol, biodiesel consumption data

By Erin Voegele | April 11, 2016

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released provisional energy data for 2015, reporting 1.46 billion liters (386.75 million gallons) of liquid biofuels were consumed in transport last year, down 17.1 percent from 2014. Ethanol consumption fell by 2.1 percent, from 812 million liters, to 795 million liters. Biodiesel consumption fell by 30 percent, from 955 million liters to 669 million liters. Ethanol contributed 54 percent of the U.K.’s biofuels in 2015.

Last year, ethanol accounted for 4.6 percent of U.K. gasoline, with biodiesel at 2.3 percent of diesel. On a combined basis, biofuels accounted for 3.2 percent of transportation fuel, down 0.7 percent from 2014.

During the fourth quarter, the U.K. consumed 413 million liters of biofuels, down 4.2 percent compared to the same period of 2014. Biodiesel consumption was down 6.1 percent, with ethanol consumption down 2 percent. Only 198 million liters of ethanol was consumed during the last three months of 2015, the lowest consumption figure for the fourth quarter in four years.

Biodiesel accounted for 2.9 percent of diesel during the fourth quarter, with ethanol at 4.5 percent of gasoline. On a combined basis, liquid biofuels accounted for 3.5 percent of transportation fuel, down 0.2 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014.

Biodiesel accounted for 52 percent of liquid biofuel consumption during the fourth quarter, while ethanol accounted for 48 percent.

Additional information is available on the DECC website.