1,401 Million Litres Of Renewable Fuels Supplied For Transport Fuel Targets

The government has revealed it is on track to meet its green targets when it comes to transport fuel, as more than 1,401 million litres equivalent of renewable fuels were supplied for this purpose in 2018.

According to the latest Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) Statistics report, released today (March 1st), the proportion of fuel that transport suppliers provide that comes from biofuels has risen over the last year.

Indeed, according to the previous report, only 419 million litres of renewable fuel were supplied in 2017/18, showing a significant growth in figures.

This is intended to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fuels and lower our reliance on fossil fuels by using green alternatives instead.

The most recent findings showed 675 million litres, equivalent to 48 per cent of this fuel, met sustainability requirements, and comprised of biodiesel (58 per cent), bio-ethanol (39 per cent), and bio-methanol (1.3 per cent).

There were also traces of bio-methane (0.7 per cent), off-road bio-diesel (0.5 per cent), and bio-petrol (0.3 per cent).

Government figures showed that the majority of the renewable fuels that met the sustainability criteria was formed out of waste or residue, which is known as ‘double counting’ feedstock. A huge 74 per cent of the 675 million litres was made from this, showing the importance of re-using waste to create usable fuel.

The report suggested that using more renewable fuel in transport has had a big impact on reducing GHG emissions so far. It showed an aggregated GHG savings of 79 per cent compared to fossil fuels during the period monitored in 2018.

India Allows Blended Ethanol Extraction From Foodgrains

The Indian government has demonstrated its growing support for the ethanol market, by extending the boundaries for which blended ethanol can be extracted from foodgrains.

Earlier this week, it widened its Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme to allow fuel to be removed from excess quantities of maize, jawar, bajra, and fruit or vegetable waste, Krishi Jagran revealed.

Until now, the EBP only allowed excess sugarcane production to be converted into bio-ethanol.

A statement from the government, as revealed by the news provider, said: “The National Policy on Biofuels 2018 has empowered the National Biofuel Co-ordination Committee (NBCC) to let conversion of excess quantities of foodgrains for production of ethanol in an agriculture crop year when there is projected oversupply of foodgrains as projected by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.”

The NBCC met on November 14th to discuss the topic, ending in the approval of the ethanol production from surplus bajra, maize and jawar for the year 2018/19.

In addition to this, ethanol can also be produced from fruit and vegetable waste as part of the EBP programme.

This will help the government achieve its goal for oil marketing companies to target ten per cent blending of ethanol with petrol over the next three years.

Currently in the UK, only four per cent of road and non-road mobile machinery fuel in 2018 was biofuel.

The government’s latest Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation statistics revealed 525 million litres equivalent of renewable fuel has been supplied over the last nine months, as transport fuel suppliers are now obligated to use some fuel from environmentally-friendly sources.

Biofuel Makes Up 4% Of Transport Fuel

More biofuel is being used in the transport industry, with the renewable energy source accounting for four per cent of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel in 2018 so far.

The government revealed that changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (RTFO) has meant transport fuel suppliers are now required to do their bit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring some of the fuel they supply comes from renewable energy.

This is why as much as 525 million litres equivalent of renewable fuel has been supplied over the last nine months, with 172 million litres equivalent meeting sustainability requirements.

The majority of this fuel is biodiesel (otherwise known as biodiesel methyl ester), which accounts for 59 per cent. The second most commonly used energy source is bio ethanol at 38 per cent, followed by bio methane at two per cent, and bio methanol at one per cent.

According to the report, 86 per cent of the 172 million litres of sustainable renewable fuel was created from feedstock waste or residue, with a quarter of this coming from the UK itself.

However, as much as 32 million litres was from starch slurry (low grade) from France.

The changes to the RTFO have already made an impact on the environment, achieving an aggregate greenhouse gas saving of 83 per cent in comparison with fossil fuels.

Britain is not the only country that is trying to increase its usage of biofuel, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade recently revealed Vietnam’s consumption of biofuel has increased by 31 per cent over the last year. This is owing to a huge growth in demand for the renewable energy source, Vietnam News published.