Fuel Standards Summary

Green, R.; Cooper, S.; McManus, M.

This document aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the standards relating to fuel use in the UK. It can be used to gain an initial insight into which regulations must be considered when developing bio-based alternatives and the potential composition limits to meet current fuel quality specifications. This report has focussed on the fuel quality and composition specification. It must be noted that the complete standards contain further, strict requirements such as testing method and frequency for each composition requirement and reporting requirements. This is in addition to the requirements given in the appendices and therefore complete standards should be used to ensure compliance. Additional sustainability requirements fall outside the scope of this report but their existence in other standards must be acknowledged and adhered to. Standards are regularly updated and continue to evolve as more fuel and biofuel options are developed. Users should check the publishing body website for most up to date issues and to ensure standard status is current. Table 1 gives an overview of the relevant standards for each fuel subgroup. These will be addressed in more detail in the relevant sections. Full names are given in the references section below. Full copies can be purchased online through BSOL (British Standards Online), ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization).

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