Percentage of biodiesel blends hits new high

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A total of 266,710 tonnes of biodiesel were used for blending in August, which was up 15% on the previous month.
Over that time, the consumption of diesel increased only 2% to 2.9 million tonnes, while the incorporation rate rose to 8.3%.
Consequently, total consumption of diesel and biodiesel amounted to 3.2 million tonnes in August, which was down 1.6% compared to August 2020.
In the period from January to August 2021, consumption of biodiesel totalled 1.6 million tonnes, whereas the incorporation rate averaged 7.3%, comparing to 8.8% in the same period last year.
The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) has pointed out that the standard for diesel fuel, DIN EN 590, places a cap on the percentage of biodiesel at 7% by volume.
The blending percentage exceeding this limit is hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).
The association has contended that these volumes are still not listed by the Federal Office for Economic
Affairs and Export (BAFA).
UFOP estimates biodiesel/HVO demand at approximately 2.5 million tonnes for the calendar year.
In other words, sales are seen to decline approximately 0.5 million tonnes on the extreme year 2020. According to European Fuel Quality Directive regulations, EU member states had to reduce emissions by 6% the previous year without being permitted to carry over quotas.
This meant they had to meet GHG quota obligations mainly by means of physical material. The carryover option to meet climate protection targets has only been reintroduced in 2021.
Another reason for the decline was the continuous decrease in demand for diesel and energy due to the growth of e-mobility and the superior energy efficiency associated with this type of powertrain.

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