The UK Government has published a guidance document for reporting under the Motor Fuel (Road Vehicle and Mobile Machinery) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulations 2012 as amended (‘the GHG Reporting Regulations’), which came into effect on 15 April 2012.
The GHG Reporting Regulations implement the reporting requirements from Directive 98/70/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to the quality of petrol and diesel (known as the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD)).
From April 2018, the GHG Reporting Regulations are amended in order to implement Council Directive (EU) 2015/652 of 20 April 2015 laying down calculation methods and reporting requirements pursuant to the FQD (known as the ‘FQD Article 7a implementing Directive’).
This guidance provides information on how fuel suppliers should comply with the Motor Fuel (Road Vehicle and Mobile Machinery) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulations, as amended.
The aim of the guidance document is to provide information on how suppliers should comply with the GHG Reporting Regulations and practical information on how they should submit the required information to the Administrator. This document provides detailed instructions and information on:
- The GHG reduction and reporting obligations that the GHG Reporting Regulations place on certain suppliers;
- Applying for and maintaining an account with the Administrator;
- Applying for GHG Credits;
- Reporting information to the Administrator;
- Penalties for non-compliance.
The guidance document should be read in conjunction with the guidance on the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations Order 2007 No. 3072 (the RTFO Order), as amended, as these schemes operate closely in parallel.
The GHG Reporting Regulations are a key measure for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the fuel supplied for use in i) road vehicles, and ii) non-road mobile machinery (including inland waterway vessels which do not normally operate at sea), agricultural and forestry tractors, and recreational craft that do not normally operate at sea – termed “Road” and Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) respectively throughout the rest of the guidance document.
The guidance document and associated policies ensure compliance with the FQD, which requires suppliers of fuels for use in road transport and non-road mobile machinery to achieve at least a 6% reduction in life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from the transport fuel that they supply by 2020, relative to the EU average life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels in 2010. Renewable aviation fuel and electricity supplied to vehicles may also contribute to suppliers’ GHG reduction targets.
A copy of the Motor Fuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulations Guidance From 15/4/2018 is available for download here