UFOP: 2013 German biodiesel sales decline sharply

By Ron Kotrba | March 17, 2014

The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) reports that the sale of biodiesel declined drastically by 90 million gallons in 2013, according to the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA). During 2009-‘12, biodiesel sales averaged 750.5 million gallons. In 2013, the volume was only 660.5 million gallons.

UFOP said it has determined that the actual decline in vegetable methyl esters is much more dramatic because the BAFA data also includes the offset amount of hydrated vegetable oil (HVO) and biodiesel from waste oils. Assuming HVO sales of 126 million gallons and an estimated sale of up to 60 million gallons of waste-derived biodiesel, the actual sale of conventional biodiesel is only about 480.3 million gallons, UFOP stated.

“The consumption statistics spell out the significance of pure fuel marketing in the years 2007-‘08 and the total energy quota of 5.25 percent introduced in 2009, as well as its increase to 6.25 for the period 2010-’14,” UFOP stated. “However, with the resolution for the Biofuel Quota Act having been passed as a clear indication of political will, the UFOP has criticized that volume balancing for compensation of the incremental reduction in the tax concession—biodiesel has been subject to full taxation since 2013—will creep in due to the double apportionment of biofuels from waste oils and as a result of HVO imports.”

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