Marginal increase of 2018 road transport fuel sales in Sweden
Accumulated sales of road transport fuels in Sweden in 2018 increased by about 1 percent compared to 2017. E85 and diesel increased, while sales of gasoline decreased compared to 2017. Total sales of fuel in 2018 amounted to approximately 9 152 100 m3. All according to preliminary statistics from the Swedish Petroleum and Biofuels Institute (SPBI).
According to figures from SBPI, the accumulated sales of gasoline amounted to approximately 2 977 100 m3, a 4 percent decrease compared to 2017. Sales in December 2018 amounted to approximately 227 300 m3, which is a decrease of about 1 percent or about 1 500 m3 compared with the same month last year.
The gasoline volumes include low-blend ethanol at about 5 percent ethanol and renewable synthetic gasoline that has recently become available in the market. Sweden has yet to introduce E10, gasoline with 10 percent ethanol blend.
E85 sales climb 85 % during 2018
Accumulated sales of E85 increased by approximately 85 percent and amounted to 72 800 m3. E85 sales continued to increase in December and amounted to about 3 200 m3. This is an increase of almost 26 percent compared with the same month last year.
Diesel sales up 4 % during 2018
The accumulated sales of diesel amounted to approximately 6 102 200 m3, an increase of about 4 percent compared with 2017. Sales during the month of December amounted to approximately 472 900 m3, an increase of about 4 percent or about 16 700 m3 compared to the same month in 2017.
The figures also include diesel blended with biofuels HVO and FAME with up to 50 percent. HVO100 which is sold in a separate pump is excluded.
The diesel sales are for the first time over 6 million cubic meters. A strong economy with increased transport is an explanation, commented Ulf Svahn, CEO, SPBI.
Heating oil sales for 2018 amounted to 535 600 m3, which is a decrease of just over 3 percent on 2017.
Sweden has already achieved EU 2020 target
According to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), Sweden and Austria were the only two Member States in 2016 to reach the target of using 10 percent of renewable fuel energy for transport – Sweden with 30.3 percent and Austria with 10.6 percent respectively.