In 2014, a total of 5,694,5201 tonnes of fossil diesel fuel were sold for the substitution target calculation in accordance with the Fuel ordinance. Biodiesel is by far the most important biofuel in Austria (energetically). According to the Austrian biofuel register elNa, a total of nine plants were registered as biodiesel producers in Austria in 2014.
The placing biofuels on the market in Austria since October 2005 is primarily done by the addition of biodiesel to diesel and since October 2007 additionally by an admixture of bioethanol to benzine fuel.
By the beginning of 2009, a total of approx. 4.7% by volume of biodiesel and bioethanol were admixed. With January 2009, the possibility of adding biodiesel to a maximum of 7 vol-% was increased.
In addition to the admixture, municipal and company vehicle fleet restructuring are pushed to pure biofuels or to fuels with more than 50% biofuel content, in particular on the klima:
aktivmobil program of the BMLFUW.
The European Union is a pioneer in ensuring an environmentally sustainable production of biofuels. The Renewable Energy Directive, adopted in 2009, provides for a minimum saving effect on greenhouse gases against fossil fuels. At the moment this figure is 35%, rising to 50% by 2017 and 60% by 2018 for biofuels produced in new plants.