February 2022 autodiesel volumes up 33% on previous year

February 2022 autodiesel volumes up 33% on previous year

Clearances of autodiesel in February 2022 were 33% higher than in February 2021, according to new figures issued by the CSO.

At 283 million litres, autodiesel clearances were 4% lower than February 2020.

Similarly, clearances of petrol in February 2022 were higher than 2021 figures but lower than 2020. At 66 million litres, petrol clearances were 55% higher than February 2021 and 15% lower than February 2020.

Clearances of kerosene – mainly used as a home heating fuel – in February 2022 were 7% lower than in February 2021.

Excise clearances of marked gas oil in February 2022 were 10% higher than in February 2021 (see Figure 1 and Table 1C). Marked gas oil is used for off-road purposes such as agriculture and heating of larger buildings.

Figure 2 shows the annual time series trend for the four fuels for 2000 to 2021. The annual total for unleaded petrol volumes for 2021 was 825 million litres, 7% higher than in 2020 (see Table 2). The annual volume of autodiesel was around 3.4 billion litres in 2021, an increase of 7% on 2020 volumes (see Table 2).

Tables 3A to 3D and Figure 3 show trends in the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for selected fuels, with the February 2022 WPI for both autodiesel and petrol being the highest since records began in 2000. Table 4 and Figure 4 show trends in the monthly mean temperature at Dublin Airport.