The volume of biodiesel in blends surged to 6.22% in Germany for June, the highest level since the beginning of the year, the country’s Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) said on 8 September.

“Total June 2016 consumption of diesel fuel shot up by just less than 5%, to 3.3M tonnes, from May. Consequently, the consumption volume amounted to around 18.6M tonnes in the first half of the year. This translates to a 7% rise year-on-year.”

UFOP said the increase in diesel fuel consumption also drove up consumption of biodiesel, but by a much lower degree – by 1% to 1.1M tonnes.

“In other words, the volume of biodiesel in blends remained below the 6% level most of the time.”

Biodiesel consumption figures did not rise substantially until June 2016, with the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) reporting that demand for biodiesel for blending amounted to 203,223 tonnes that month.

“That was the largest quantity in more than a year,” UFOP said.

“If demand for mineral diesel continues to rise, it could also support sales of biodiesel. However, this outlook is dampened by the fact that over the past few weeks, biodiesel prices have continuously increased compared to diesel, according to Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft mbH (AMI).”