Eurobserver releases new European biofuels barometer

August 18, 2010 | 00:00

Eurobserver releases new European biofuels barometer

Total 2009 biofuel use amounted to 12.1 Mtoe (see Table 2 on pdf page 5), which represents a 4% share across all road transport fuels estimated at 300 Mtoe in 2009. The European Union needs to raise biofuel consumption by 6 Mtoe in 2010 if it is to reach the Directive’s goal (5.75%).

 According to the EurObserv’ER estimates, the slowdown in the growth of European biofuel consumption deepened again. Biofuel use in transport grew by 18.7% between 2008 and 2009, against 30.3% between 2007 and 2008 and 41.8% between 2006 and 2007. (see Graph 1 on pdf page 7)

 In contrast to previous years, growth in bioethanol fuel consumption was steadier (up 31.9% between 2008 and 2009) than that of biodiesel (up 19.9% between 2008 and 2009). The collapse of vegetable oil consumption continued (down 72.3%), which contrasts with the consumption of biogas fuel that has the same properties as natural gas, and is still growing in Sweden (up 23.2%). In Europe most biofuel used in transport is essentially sourced from biodiesel which accounts for 79.5% of the total energy content, as opposed to 19.3% for bioethanol. The vegetable oil fuel share is becoming negligible (0.9%) and for the moment the biogas fuel share is specific to one country: Sweden (0.3%). (see Graph 2 on pdf page 8)

Besides the 2009 realisations per EU Member State other subjects that are discussed in the new barometer are:  

• Selected country reviews

• Renewable energy policies

• Industry overview

• Projection to the year 2010

 The release of the next Barometer is expected in November 2010. This Barometer will be focusing on solid biomass, biogas and renewable municipal solid waste.


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