10 Sep 2015

New EurObserv’ER Biofuel Barometer: EU-consumption of biofuels picked up again during 2014

The EurObserv’ER Barometer regularly publishes indicators reflecting the current dynamics in renewable energy (solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass, biogas, biofuels) worldwide and within the European Union.

A new EurObserv’ER renewable energy Barometer has been released:  Biofuels Barometer 2015 (with data for 2013 and 2014)

After a year of uncertainty and decline the consumption of biofuel for use in transport in the European Union (EU-28) has picked up again during 2014. It increased by about 0.8 million tonne oil equivalent (toe, +6.1%) between 2013 and 2014 according to EurObserv’ER, to a consumption level of 14.0 million toe. Sustainable biofuel consumption, certified and thus eligible for inclusion in European targets remained at 89% in 2014. The historical trend is indicated in the graph below.

European Union (EU-28) biofuel (liquid and biogas) consumption trends for transport trend (in ktoe)

European Union (EU-28) biofuel (liquid and biogas) consumption trends for transport trend (in ktoe)

Countries status reported on in this Biofuels Barometer:

  • France chalks up 10% growth;
  • Revival of consumption in Spain;
  • Italy: “advanced” biofuel compulsory in 2018;
  • Sharp rise in United Kingdom biodiesel consumption;
  • Slight increase in German consumption.

Besides the 2014 realisations per EU Member State and the abovementioned renewable energy policy developments in selected Member States other subjects that are discussed in the new barometer are:

  • Industry overview
  • Comparison with National Renewable Energy Action Plans

All published barometers are available for download. Direct links to all 2015/2014/2013 EurObserv’ER publications :

The interactive database on the website (click on ‘Interactive EurObserv’ER Database’ on the www.eurobserv-er.org homepage) allows you to download the Barometer data separately. This allows you to create your own graphs to be used in your publication.

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