Biodiesel sales hit record high

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The incorporation of biofuels in diesel fuel blends reached its highest level in the past year at about 3.025 million tonnes since the quota regime was introduced in 2007.
The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) saw this as confirmation that the greenhouse gas reduction target, which was raised from 4 to 6% for 2020, would be easily met.
The adequate availability of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) played an important role in this, according to the organisation.
The diesel fuel standard DIN EN 590 limits the incorporation rate of fatty acid methyl ester (biodiesel) to a maximum of 7% by volume. According to the standard, HVO can be blended at up to 26%.
UFOP has estimated the share of biodiesel in fulfilling the quota requirements at approximately 2.46 million tonnes and that of HVO at approximately 0.56 million tonnes.
The association has pointed out that quota requirements were easily met despite the fact that quotas could not be carried over to 2020 from previous years. These and other options to meet the quota obligations can and will be applied in 2021.
Against this background, the UFOP has called for the quota on GHG emission to be raised to 6.5% this year already.
UFOP has also strongly underlined the need for action to stop the use of palm oil in biofuels production and for credits towards the cap on greenhouse gas emissions. This step would raise the domestic and European feedstock potential instead of promoting exports of rapeseed oil-based biodiesel.
The organisation welcomed the fact that the German government was making use of the authorisation in the EU Commission's Delegated Regulation (2019/807) to cease giving credits for palm oil-based biofuels from 2026.