St-Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex, England – The U.K.’s Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA) has released its first interim quarterly report, which includes disclosure of company performance on the supply of biofuels under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO).
From 2008 to April 2009, fossil fuel companies were obliged to supply 2.5 per cent biofuel in U.K. road fuel. According to the report, biofuels accounted for 2.61 per cent in the first quarter, with 84 per cent of it biodiesel, and 16 per cent bioethanol.
The target for sustainability is 30 per cent over the reporting year. Currently, 20 per cent of biofuels meet these standards, with 97 per cent of the fuel reported as coming from U.K. feedstocks meeting environmental sustainability standards. Carbon reduction achieved by the use of biofuels was 44 per cent during the first three months of the obligation, which is greater than the 40 per cent target set by the government for the first year of the RTFO.
The government also set a target that companies should report 50 per cent of the data required by the RFA in the four categories of feedstock, country of origin, sustainability standard met, and land-use change. In this quarter, 61 per cent of data was reported, with feedstock known for 95 per cent of biofuels, and both the feedstock and country of origin known for 72 per cent of biofuels. The most widely-reported biodiesel feedstock was American soy, accounting for 25 per cent of all biodiesel, while the most widely-reported bioethanol feedstock reported was Brazilian sugarcane, accounting for 74 per cent of all bioethanol.