The amount of diesel fuel consumed by road traffic in Germany was lower in the first half of this year than it was over the same period in 2020.
Accordingly, the use of biodiesel dropped by one fifth and on average, biodiesel was blended in at 7.1%, which compared to 8.1% in the previous 12 months.
In the first half of 2021, the use of biodiesel for blending totalled around 1.14 million tonnes. This translated to a 19.6% drop when compared with 2020.
If the trend in consumption continued along these lines in the second half of the year, the total use of biodiesel for blending would reach 2.4 million tonnes, according to calculations made by Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft. This figure compared to 3 million tonnes in 2020.
The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) added that it was difficult to make a final assessment of how biodiesel usage was going to improve in the second half of the year because the greenhouse gas reduction target will be raised to 7% in 2022 and diesel consumption tended to decline as a result of increasing e-mobility.
State funding of e-mobility would first and foremost lead to a reduction in the number of diesel passenger cars, UFOP concluded.
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