UK consumption of ethanol, biodiesel up during Q3

By Erin Voegele | January 03, 2019

The U.K. government recently released new quarterly energy statistics showing that the consumption of biofuels, including both ethanol and biodiesel, increased significantly during the third quarter of 2018.

During the three-month period, the U.K. consumed 519 million liters (137.11 million gallons) of liquid biofuels in transportation, up 45 percent when compared to the 357 million liters consumed during the same period of 2017.

Ethanol consumption reached 199 million liters, up 9.4 percent when compared to the 182 million liters consumed during the third quarter of 2017. Biodiesel consumption was up significantly, reaching 320 million liters, up 83 percent when compared to the 175 million liters consumed during the same quarter of 2017.

According to data published by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, ethanol accounted for 38 percent of U.K. biofuels consumption during the third quarter of 2018, while biodiesel accounted for 62 percent.

Ethanol comprised 4.7 percent of gasoline in the U.K. during the period, up from 4.3 percent during the third quarter of 2107. Biodiesel accounted for 4.1 percent of diesel consumption, up from 2.3 percent during third quarter of 2017. Together, ethanol and biodiesel comprised 4.3 percent of total transportation fuel during the third quarter of 2018, up from 3 percent during the same period of the previous year.