No palm oil used to make biodiesel in UK

No palm oil has been used to make biodiesel in the UK. That’s according to the Department for Transport which analysed data from April last year to the same month […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

No palm oil has been used to make biodiesel in the UK.

That’s according to the Department for Transport which analysed data from April last year to the same month this year.

It added, biodiesel is now largely made from waste feedstocks, in particular used cooking oil.

Feedstocks are also the major contributor to renewable bioethanol that is blended into fossil petrol.

Furthermore, more than 1,500 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied during the same period which is 3% of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel, according to the government.

Out of that, 52% is bioethanol, 46% biodiesel, 2% biomethanol, 1% biodiesel HVO, 0.2% off-road biodiesel and 0.1% biogas.

Clare Wenner, Renewable Energy Association’s Head of Renewable Transport said: “These figures show how seriously the UK fuels industry has taken the potential damage to global carbon emissions posed by the use of palm oil. It has been many years since the UK biofuels industry stopped using palm oil to make biodiesel but this example has now been followed by all UK fuel suppliers.

“UK-sourced feedstocks now make up over a quarter of the material for our renewable fuel use and deliver a stunning 74% reduction in carbon emissions. The total absence of palm oil and these excellent carbon emission savings show that there is no need for the government to introduce excessive curbs on the use of crop-based biofuels.”