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Biofuels: Oils

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what volume of recycled cooking oil has been used as a biofuel in each year since 2001. (263594)

HM Revenue and Customs publishes information on UK sales of biodiesel used for transport fuels in their monthly ‘Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin’. It is not possible to disaggregate recycled cooking oil from other similar oils used as biodiesels as this information is not recorded.

Under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation which came into effect in April 2008, UK transport fuel suppliers are required to report on a monthly basis to the Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA) on matters such as the feedstock and origin of their biofuels. The RFA's January quarterly report summarises data on fuel supplied between April and October 2008. This report indicates that used cooking oil made up 3 per cent. (22 million litres) of the biofuel supplied over this period to meet the obligation. Their report is available on the RFA website at: