UK demand for aviation turbine fuel fell by 3 percent in 2008 compared to previous year, reports DECC
Fri 27 Mar 2009 – According to statistics just published by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), deliveries of aviation turbine fuel fell in 2008 by 3%. In the fourth quarter of 2008, deliveries decreased by 6.2% on the same quarter a year earlier. There was a total demand for 12.253 million tonnes of fuel in 2008 compared with 12.633 million tonnes in 2007, following a year of peak consumption in 2006.
Long term, aviation turbine fuel consumption increased steadily until 1997 and then rapidly until 2000. The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States had a significant impact on the global aviation industry and reversed the trend for a period lasting more than 12 months. The subsequent recovery led to a continuing growth in aviation fuel demand, reaching its peak in 2006 when deliveries amounted to 12.641 million tonnes.
The 2008 figures are contained in the quarterly Energy Trends bulletin, which also reports that the UK’s total net CO2 emissions have provisionally fallen by 10.5% between 1990 and 2008, from 592.9MtCO2 to 531.8MtCO2, despite a 4% overall increase in energy consumption. Emissions in 2008 were around 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (2%) lower than in 2007.
The transport sector accounted for one-quarter of CO2 emissions in 2008, of which around 90% was from road transport, but reversed its steady increase since 1990 and recorded its first year-on-year drop. Emissions from international aviation and shipping are excluded from the internationally agreed reporting framework. Demand for transport fuels in 2008 was down 2.7% on 2007.
UK aviation is responsible for generating around 40 million tonnes of CO2 per year, about 6.3% of total CO2 emissions.
UK aviation turbine fuel deliveries 1997-2007 (source: BERR). Deliveries of aviation turbine fuel increased by 92% between 1990 and 2007.
UK aviation industry’s activities 1997-2007 split by domestic and international passenger and cargo uplifts (source: BERR)