In its report on tax concessions, the UFOP recently established that pure biodiesel was undercompensated by $0.20 per liter. [...] in the case of the decentralized manufacturers of rapeseed fuel, the UFOP calculation shows an undercompensation of $0.28 per liter.
The market situation and political framework in Germany for biodiesel and vegetable oil Dieter Bockey offering biodiesel. Whereas around 1,900 stations did so at the start of 2007 according to an AGQM (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qual- The final details compiled by the Federal Sta- itätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V.) survey, this figure had fallen to around 250 by the end of 2008. Subsequently, the AGQM tistics Office and Federal Office of Economics was obliged to discontinue quality assurance at the filling station and Export Control (BAFA) confirmed the drop in level. Guided and supported intensively by UFOP (Union zur sales of biodiesel and vegetable oil in Germany Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen) for around 20 years, this distribution channel was by far the most significant provi- in 2008 in comparison to 2007. Although utiliza- sion instrument for alternative fuel throughout Germany up to tion of biodiesel as an admixture component in 2007. This network no longer exists, and given that each biodie- fossil diesel fuel increased by 190,000 metric tons sel filling station was an important public relations multiplier, biodiesel will also gradually disappear from the public eye. The (MT) to 1.613 million metric tons (MMT), a slump pure vegetable oil (PVO) sector registered an even more dramatic 744 of 739,000 MT in sales of pure fuel offset this pos- slump in sales from 772,000 MT in 2007 to 418,000 MT in 2008, a drop of 46%. itive development. In absolute figures: Whereas December 2009 inform Notable from the perspective of the biodiesel and PVO busi- 1.821 MMT of biodiesel were marketed as pure ness sectors is the fact that—measured against overall diesel fuel fuel in 2007, only 1.082 MMT were sold in 2008, consumption—these biofuels replaced 12.7% of the fossil diesel requirement in 2007 and 10.2% in 2008. As a consequence, the which equates to a reduction of 40.6%. Taking two fuels contributed to a CO 2 reduction within the transport into consideration the increase in the utilization sector of around 9 MMT in 2007 and 7.1 MMT in 2008. The of biodiesel as an admixture, component sales federal government’s national decarbonization strategy envis- ages a targeted reduction within the transport sector of 30 MMT of biodiesel fell overall by 16.9% from 3.245 MT of CO2 per year from 2020. These figures show that the utiliza- in 2007 to 2.695 MT in 2008
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