UK Biofuel Targets for Road Transport Fuel are explained in this article in accordance with the new UK government regulations regarding the RTFO rules which came into force in April 2018. In the U.K., the new Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation came into force on April 15, 2018.
This includes for the first time, a new incentive for the production of fuels from waste, and bringing in new transportation sectors, such as aviation.
What do the New UK Biofuel Targets for Road Transport Fuel have to do with Anaerobic Digestion?
The government is aiming to:
- double the use of renewables in the UK transport sector by 2020,
- promote advanced biofuels from waste for use in sectors such as aviation, and
- reduce the country’s reliance on imported biodiesel.
Changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) will compel distributors of transport fuel that supply at least 450,000 litres a year to sell more renewable fuel, and much of this can be biomethane as Renewable Compressed Natural Gas (RNG), from biogas plants.
The anaerobic digestion industry is the prime source to which this fuel can be made because the amount of transport fuel to be produced as biodiesel from food type crops under the new RTFO Scheme is being reduced.
The new renewable fuel targets will rise from 4.75% currently to 7.25% by the end of the year, 9.75% by 2020 and 12.4% in 2032.
In addition the UK’s Department of Transport (DfT) said it wants the transport sector to cut greenhouse gas emissions 6% by 2020. While many will do this by the further improved fuel efficiency of new transport vehicle engines, Anaerobic Digestion is also well-placed to satisfy this requirement.
The regulations also set an additional target for advanced waste-based renewable fuels that starts at 0.1 percent in 2019 and increases to 2.8 percent by 2032. Again, most AD plants produce “Waste based” biogas already.
New biofuel targets go into effect in UK – April 2018
In the United Kingdom, British biofuel targets that took effect over the weekend “will double the use of renewable fuels in the UK transport sector in 15 years and reduce reliance on imported diesel,” the government told Reuters. The new targets demand transport fuel suppliers that sell at least 450,000 liters a year or more to require the mix to be at least 12.4% biofuel by 2032. The changes will “increase the biofuels volume target to 9.75 percent in 2020 and 12.4 percent in 3032 from the current 4.75 percent,” according to Reuters.
“The changes we are introducing will double our carbon emissions savings from the RTFO scheme by doubling the use of renewable fuels and reducing reliance on imported fossil diesel,” British transport minister Jesse Norman told Reuters. “This will deliver emissions savings equal to taking hundreds of thousands of cars off the road.” via New targets in UK
Britain says new biofuel targets will reduce diesel reliance
British biofuel targets coming into force this weekend will double the use of renewable fuels in the UK transport sector in 15 years and reduce reliance on imported diesel, the government said on Friday.
The industry supplies fuel to transport companies such as haulage businesses and airlines. And. tThe changes will also reward and support the production of sustainable renewable aviation fuels in Britain. via BritainsNewTargetstoreducediesel
An initial cap of 4 percent crop-based biofuels is set for 2018. The cap is reduced annually from 2021 to reach 3 percent in 2026 and 2 percent in 2032.
In addition, the regulations bring renewable aviation fuels and renewable fuels of non-biological origin into the scheme.
The U.K. government is also challenging the sector to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by 6 percent by 2020. That reduction, when coupled with the RTFO changes, is expected to support the U.K.’s low carbon fuel industry while helping to makes its transport sector more sustainable.
“This is an exciting time for renewable transport,” said Nina Skorupska, chief executive of the REA. “These new regulations will fire the starting gun on the U.K.’s development of novel fuels for aviation and other forms of transport which are hard to decarbonize, and build on our leadership position in the production of renewable fuels for road transport.”
“The prospects are great for increasing the amount of renewable gas used for fueling heavy goods vehicles,” added John Baldwin, chair of REA’s Biogas Group. “Running these HGVs on green gas reduces carbon emissions by almost 90 percent, plus it reduces particulates, NOx and noise.
“Fleet operators such as Waitrose and Asda are already converting to renewable gas, their drivers love the new vehicles, and these regulations will encourage more fleets to do so in the future,” Baldwin added. via UK biofuel targetseffectiveApril 15
‘Tough’ biofuels targets set in updated UK RTFO
Changes to the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) will ‘double’ the use of renewable fuels in the UK transport sector, according to a statement from the Department of Transport.
Included in the revised (RTFO) are new biofuel targets set to come into force on 15 April.
Transport fuels owners who supply 450,000 litres a year or more will be compelled to make sure their mix is at least 12.4% biofuel by 2032.
At present the target is 4.75% biofuel. The legislation will affect suppliers to transport companies such as haulage firms and airlines.
“The changes we are introducing will double our carbon emissions savings from the Renewable Fuels Transport Obligation scheme by doubling the use of renewable fuels and reducing reliance on imported fossil diesel,” said Jesse Norman, the UK’s transport minister.
“This will deliver emissions savings equal to taking hundreds of thousands of cars off the road.” via biofuels targetsRTFO
Biofuels plant reopens after four month shutdown
The UK's largest biofuel factory has reopened after a change in the law to increase the amount of biofuels in petrol passed through Parliament.
Vivergo Fuels halted production in November blaming government delays in passing the new measures.
The £350m facility in Saltend, East Yorkshire, produces fuel from locally grown wheat. via Biofuelsplantreopens
Environmental benefits of biofuel ‘outweigh cost concerns'
That's according to fuel card provider Fleetcor – the owner of brands including Allstar, Keyfuels, The Fuelcard Company and Epyx.
The increase in the amount of biofuel included with fossil fuels came into force on 15 April, when the government implemented a change to the UK Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations Order (RTFO).
This increased the required proportion of biofuel in every litre of petrol or diesel from 4.75 to 7.25%.
An increase in this proportion is nothing new, with the government having previously implemented rises of 0.5% between 2010 and 2012, and of 0.25% between 2012 and 2013. However, it has remained at 4.75% since then.
Paul Holland, Fleetcor's chief operating officer, said that the introduction of a 2.5% increase had caused some fears that costs could rise.
However, he said that environmental benefits should be seen as enough to outweigh this.