Summary yearly report Energy for Transport 2016

The aim of the renewable energy for transport legislation is for an increasingly larger percentage of the fuels (petrol and diesel) used for transport to comprise renewable energy. In this way, the annual obligation for renewable energy for transport (HEV: hernieuwbare energie vervoer) guarantees the use of 7% renewable energy in 2016.

The air pollution from fuels (BL: Brandstoffen Luchtverontreiniging) legislation obliges companies to report on their greenhouse gas performance related to the use of all fuels that they have delivered to transport.

In 2016, companies complied with their increased annual obligation (from 6.25% to 7%) for renewable energy for transport.

The banked balance from 2015 was used when doing so; after all, fewer deliveries of renewable energy were claimed this year than were needed to comply with the annual obligation 2016. At the year-end closing 2016, there was still a surplus of almost 5 million renewable energy units (HBEs: hernieuwbare brandstofeenheden); this was carried over to 2017 as banked balance.

Findings Energy for Transport 2016

Highlight of the findings Energy for Transport 2016:

  • The physical amount of renewable energy reported in 2016 was 17.7 million GJ. This is a fall of 1.3% compared with 2015. The use of more double-counting material (waste and residues) meant a net rise in the number of HBEs for these deliveries of 4.5%.
  • The use of double-counting biofuels rose again (from 56% to 66% based on physical energy content). This rise is mainly attributable to double-counting FAME. Within this, more used cooking oil was delivered than in 2015 once again, where the growth mainly comes from Asia (not being SE Asia).
  • Used cooking oil accounts for the largest contribution of feedstocks (55%) to the claimed biofuel deliveries in 2016. The majority of this was imported.
  • The use of canola/rapeseed decreased significantly and the use of palm oil and soy agricultural crops (already low in 2015) decreased to 0.
  • This means that in 2016 the diesel substitutes were based almost exclusively on wastes and residues (>99%). Approximately 5% of the diesel substitutes fall into the ‘Most advanced’ category. The petrol substitutes on the other hand were almost entirely based on agricultural crops (99%) in 2016.
  • The ‘Most advanced’ biofuels share of the total delivered renewable energy is 0.2%. This is the same as the percentage in 2015.
  • The European obligation to achieve a 6% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the fuel chains applies to all Member States in 2020. The national percentage has risen slightly (from 2.5% to 2.7%). There is still 3.3% to be bridged to achieve the European target.

See for total report (Dutch): Rapportage Energie voor Vervoer in Nederland 2016