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Greenergy, a UK-based fuel supplier, has quantified the reduction in CO2 emissions provided by its sale of biofuels for the first quarter of the year (15 December 2005 to 14 March 2006), the first major UK fuels business so to quantify the CO2 emissions saved.
The company calculated than on sales of 17.1 million liters (4.5 million gallons US) of biofuel, it reduced emissions by 41,226 tonnes of CO2 compared with standard fuels replaced in the tank. The level of CO2 saving is independently assessed by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management, using a standard methodology published by BR&D Climate Registry.
The carbon reduction is equivalent to taking more than 50,000 average family cars off the road for the same three-month period, according to Greenergy.
The methodology looks at life-cycle emissions of fuels from different origins and takes into account the varying carbon intensities of biofuels produced from different feedstocks and in different countries.
The methodology excludes emissions from the production of the feedstock, or the manufacture of the processing infrastructure, vehicles, agricultural machinery and catalysts.
Greenergy will continue to provide on a quarterly basis these independently-assessed figures on carbon emissions related to traditional fuels sales and on emissions reductions achieved through biofuels sales.
Founded in 1992, Greenergy has annual sales approaching £2 billion (US$ 3.8 billion) and supplies nearly 6% of the UK road fuels market and nearly 50% of the biofuels market. It introduced Ultra Low-Sulfur Diesel in 1995, launched the first biodiesel blend (GlobalDiesel) in 2002, introduced the first crops for fuels contract to the UK farming community in 2003, led the introduction of bioethanol blended petrols and has created the next generation of premium quality biofuels blends with the launch of Tesco 99 Octane in 2005.Construction is underway on Greenergy’s first biodiesel production plant located at Immingham on the Humber and due to come on-line in Q4 2006 with a 100,000 tonne per annum (114 million liter, 30 million gallons US) production capacity. Greenergy plans to double capacity at this plant and a feasibility study is also underway on an additional plant in Liverpool.
The company and Tesco, one of the top international retailers, are building a £10 million (US$19 million), 100,000-tonne per year biodiesel refinery in the UK—the largest single-line biodiesel production facility in the country. (Earlier post.)