The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) estimates the consumption of biodiesel at about 2.6 million tonnes for 2020.
Compared with 2019, this would mean an increase of about. 0.3 million tonnes.
But according to UFOP, this sales volume can only be achieved if sustainably certified hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) or vegetable oil can be processed in oil refineries for crediting to the greenhouse gas quota. This openness to technology must be continued after 2020, UFOP emphasised.
This is because the maximum proportion of biodiesel in diesel fuel is limited to 7% by volume by the European standard for diesel fuel, EN 590.
The basis for the UFOP consumption estimate is the data provided by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) for the months January to May 2020. UFOP justified the higher consumption compared to 2019 with the greenhouse gas reduction obligation which was increased from 4.5% to 6% as of 1 January 2020.
UFOP came to the conclusion that a COVID-19-induced reduction in consumption could not be determined due to the increased quota obligation as of the new year.
On the contrary, in May a historic high of 9.1% was reached with regard to the bio-share in the diesel market.
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