UFOP Samples 60 Stations, Finds Biodiesel Feedstock Diversity Up
(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V./Biodiesel Magazine) With 53 percent raw material content, rapeseed oil remains the most important raw material source for the production of biodiesel in Germany, followed by palm oil with 25 percent, and coconut and soy oil at 11 percent each. This is the result of the study presented by the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. (UFOP). Sixty filling stations of mineral oil companies throughout Germany—weighted according to market shares—were sampled and the biodiesel component in the diesel fuel, as well as its raw material composition, were determined on behalf of the UFOP.
In 2010 and 2011, German agriculture benefitted from the fact that practically only certified rapeseed from domestic production was available after the immediate national implementation of the Renewable Energies Directive.
As this involves so-called voluntary systems, the UFOP urges the EU Commission to set out strict rules for the quality of the implementation and monitoring by the certification body as well as the responsible authorities of the member states. Thus, for example, a certificate of origin for the biofuels, beginning with the cultivation region, is possible without any problem thanks to modern satellite technology.
Instead of calling into question the prospects of the European biofuel industry and hence retention of the certification systems with sometimes impractical proposals, the EU Commission and the members of the European parliament should recognize the pioneering role of biofuels and push forward the further development of certification systems for avoiding bypassing measures. The UFOP is convinced that sustainability certification systems will be superfluous in future, if the first generation of biofuels is superseded as an element in a European strategy for climate and resource protection. READ MORE and MORE and MORE (Biodiesel Magazine) and MORE (DomesticFuel.com) Download study