The biofuels blended into Greenergy's petrol and diesel accounts for about a quarter of all the biofuel used in the UK. This is a responsibility we take seriously.
Our supply operations
We work to ensure that we only supply biofuels that use the world’s resources appropriately.
Maximising the carbon savings from the biofuels we choose
We aim to achieve at least 70% carbon saving from our biofuels. This is signifcantly above the level required under the EU Renewable Energy Directive and is a highly ambitious target.
We devote time and resources into sourcing the lowest carbon biofuels possible.
Preventing land use change and protecting biodiversity
We obtain verifiable evidence on the origin and sustainability impact of every litre of biofuel we blend into our fuel, to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the EU Renewable Energy Directive. These prohibit use of crops grown on newly deforested land.
Choosing biofuels made from wastes
To minimise the land use change impacts and improve the emissions savings of our biofuel, we use biofuels from wastes wherever possible
We have made significant investments in our biodiesel manufacturing infrastructure in order to be able to use waste based biodiesel and source the most sustainable feedstocks.
We are carrying out pioneering work with waste oil suppliers globally to demonstrate traceability back to the restaurant
Creating sustainable biofuel supply chains
Greenergy has been an industry leader in the development of biofuel sustainability and traceability standards since 2007, when we developed the first standard for Brazilian bioethanol. We have continued to collaborate with NGOs, Governments, and regulatory bodies, as well as the agricultural, waste management and oil industries to continuously improve the audit standards that are used to verify environmental sustainability and traceability through our global biofuel and raw material supply chains.
In 2018, we conducted over 30 independent audits of the biofuels we traded, with no significant adverse findings. We opt for monthly audits rather than the annual regulatory minimum, to ensure we have the most robust checks on biofuel procurement and production in the industry.
Our traders work closely with the supply chain to find biofuels that deliver against our sustainability objectives. We engage closely on the ground with any new suppliers from our biofuels procurement bases in UK, Amsterdam, Houston, Dubai, Singapore, Guangzhou, Sao Paolo and Australia. Every purchase and transfer of biofuel is conducted according to EU approved standards, and Greenergy has developed highly trained teams and procedures to build those standards into our day-to-day practices and checks.
We continue to work with industry standards bodies and national biofuel regulators to help them improve the quality of the certification process and adapt to new biofuel supply chains.
To meet our biofuel supply obligations, under the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) we blend biofuel into our petrol and diesel up the maximum permitted by fuel quality standards (maximum 7% in diesel and 5% in petrol). Information about the biofuel we’ve blended in the UK is provided on a year to-date basis from 1 January 2019 - 14 November 2019.
About our biodiesel
We have made significant investments in our biodiesel manufacturing infrastructure in order to be able to increase our production of biodiesel from wastes, with ongoing technical enhancements to our manufacturing facilities at Immingham and Teesside giving us the ability to process a broader range of waste oils and fats.
As a result, almost all of the biodiesel used in Greenergy’s diesel has been derived from waste products including:
Used cooking oil
About our bioethanol
Although not ourselves an ethanol producer, we continue to work with innovative third-party producers to increase the proportion of waste-derived ethanol in the petrol we supply.
In this RTFO reporting year to date, 21% of the biofuel we blended into our petrol was derived from waste.