EU’s biofuel use slows massively in 4 years

Growth in Europe’s biofuel use slowed down last year, according to new figures out today which suggest EU governments no longer see a “rapid increase” in the fuel as a […]

By Vicky Ellis

Growth in Europe’s biofuel use slowed down last year, according to new figures out today which suggest EU governments no longer see a “rapid increase” in the fuel as a priority.

According to the EurObserv’ER biofuels barometer, between 2010 and 2011 biofuel consumption increased by 3%, with 13.6 million tonnes of oil equivalent (toe) used compared to 13.2 million the year before.

In the transport sector the slowdown is particularly obvious, with 3% growth in 2010 to 2011, down from 10.7% the year before. Just four years ago the growth in biofuels use was much larger, jumping 41.7% between 2007 and 2008.

EurObserv’ER suggests this is because the EU’s attention has shifted to setting up systems to make sure the biofuel used in all countries complies with sustainability criteria set out in the Renewable Energy Directive.