The amount of biofuel being used by road users in the UK has failed to meet targets set by officials, as drivers continue to choose petrol and diesel vehicles over to greener options.
Biofuels being supplied for road users peaked at 4% but have since stayed steady at 3%, with no obvious signs of increasing.
Biofuels are derived immediately from a living matter. The fuels can help in reducing greenhouse gasses, are more sustainable than fossil fuels and have refineries that are are generally cleaner.
The UK Department for Transport’s website indicates that the target for biofuels in the market should have been at just below five percent (4.75%) in April 2013.
It says: “The amount of biofuel that must be supplied increases annually until April 2013 when it will reach 4.75% of total road transport fuel supplied by volume.”
However over the last three years biofuels have not made up more than four percent of the UK fuel market.
In fact the volume (in litres) being supplied has shown no noticeable sign of increase since 2010.
The most used biofuel has been ‘Biodiesel FAME’, which over the last three years has seen 930m, 493m and 637m litres being used in the market.
The figures also show that petrol’s share of the market is dropping as users either look to move to more efficient diesel vehicles or those that run on green alternatives. If the uptake from road users was greater there would be a higher demand for the fuels.
Two years ago petrol had a 41% share of the fuel used but this has fallen in consecutive years to a 34% share, whereas diesel continues to have a consistent share of more than 50%.
The figures were released under the UK government’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, which obligates fossil fuel suppliers to produce evidence showing that a percentage of fuels for road transport supplied in the UK come from renewable sources.
The figures for 2013-14 will be finalised later on this year.
The statistics were released a couple of days after the government announced a £500m funding boost for electric and hybrid vehicles.
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he wanted more drivers to ditch petrol or diesel vehicles by making it cheaper and easier to use cars that run on green alternatives.
Involved in the spending will be money for research into a ultra-low emissions vehicle and also schemes to increase the number of charging and rapid charging points.
Clegg said: “This major investment is there to make driving an electric car affordable, convenient, and free from anxiety about the battery running out.
“But it’s also about creating a culture change in our towns and cities, so that driving a greener vehicle is a no-brainer for most drivers.”
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