B100 consumption plummets
Based on official statistics published by Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (Federal Office of Economics and Export Control - BAFA), the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e. V. (UFOP) analysed the domestic consumption of biofuels from 2007 to 2009 and found that sales of pure biodiesel (B100) and vegetable oil fuel (PÖL) had decreased dramatically.
In 2009 the domestic consumption of biodiesel had fallen by 77.8% compared with the previous year. Therefore, the consumption of B100 went from almost 1.1 million tonnes to just 240,600 tonnes.
During the same timeframe, the consumption of plant oil fuel decreased from around 400,000 tonnes to only 100,000 tonnes.
In the year 2007 consumption was higher than in 2008, with over 1.8 million tonnes of B100 and 755,800 tonnes of PÖL being consumed.
Although the consumption of biodiesel blended with conventional diesel rose by 41.1% or 663,500 tonnes last year, this was not enough to compensate the slump in B100 sales. The total consumption was lower by 15.5% or 497,800 tonnes.
After publishing these figures UFOP has again advised the government to take necessary action and boost the pure fuels market.