UK liquid biofuel consumption up in Q2

By Erin Voegele | October 08, 2019

The U.K. government has announced liquid biofuels consumption reached 599 million liters (158.24 million gallons) during the second quarter of 2019, up 30 percent when compared to the same period of the previous year.

The data was released by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Sept. 26 as part of its second quarter 2018 energy statistics release.

Ethanol consumption fell by 3.1 percent during the period, to 187 million liters. Biodiesel consumption, however, was up 53 percent, reaching 412 million liters.

Biodiesel represented 69 percent of U.K. biofuels consumption during the quarter, with ethanol accounting for 31 percent.

Ethanol accounted for 4.3 percent of gasoline during the second quarter, compared to 4.5 percent during the same period of 2018. Biodiesel represented 3.5 percent of diesel consumption, flat with the second quarter of last year. On a combined basis, the two fuels accounted for 3.8 percent of U.K. transportation fuel, unchanged from the second quarter of 2018.

The U.K. Renewable Energy Association released a statement commenting on the statistics and calling for a long overdue switch to E10. “Renewable fuels are showing an increase, due to the target levels increasing—but the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation is nowhere near ambitious enough,” said Gaynor Hartnell, head of renewable transport fuels at the FEA. “We could double the consumption of renewable ethanol overnight, with a switch to E10 petrol which is long overdue. There’s potential for higher blends of biodiesel too and enough sustainable feedstocks to produce it.

“With overall volumes of liquid fuels set to fall, with the uptake of electrification, the percentage targets need to increase in order to ensure volumes of biofuels consumed don’t fall,” Hartnell continued. “We need to get liquid fossil fuel consumption down, as swiftly as we can, as transport is now the largest CO2 emitting sector and the overall trend is for it to continue to increase.”

Additional data is available on BEIS website