DECC: 2012 was a record year for U.K. ethanol consumption

By Erin Voegele | April 05, 2013

The U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change recently released an updated set of statistics on energy trends and prices. According to the release, ethanol accounted for 55 percent of the biofuels consumed in the U.K. Following six years of trailing biodiesel consumption, 2012 marked the first time the U.K. consumed more ethanol than biodiesel.

Nearly 1.41 billion liters (371.16 million gallons) of liquid biofuels were consumed in the U.K.’s transportation fuel market in 2012, representing a drop of 11 percent from 2011’s 1.58 billion liters of consumption. The reduction is attributed to biodiesel.

Ethanol consumption increased by 19 percent in 2012, from 652 million liters in 2011 to a record high of 774 million liters last year. However, biodiesel consumption fell by 32 percent during the same period, from 925 million liters in 2011 to 631 million liters in 2012.

During 2012, ethanol accounted for 4.1 percent of the U.K.’s gasoline pool, with biodiesel accounting for only 2.4 percent of diesel. Combined, the two biofuels make up 3.1 percent of the transportation fuel market.

The share of ethanol during the fourth quarter of 2012 was even higher that it averaged throughout all of 2012. According to the DECC, ethanol consumption increased by 8.2 percent during the quarter, from 188 million liters to a record 203 million liters. During the fourth quarter, ethanol accounted for 64 percent of the U.K.’s biofuel consumption.