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Fuel Excise Clearances February 2024

Unleaded Petrol clearance volumes for February 2024 were 5% higher than February 2023

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Key Findings

  • Excise clearances of Unleaded Petrol in February 2024, at 79 million litres, were 5% higher than the February 2023 figure of 75 million litres (See Figure 1 and Table 1B).

  • Clearances of Autodiesel in February 2024, at 281 million litres, were 2% lower than the February 2023 figure of 285 million litres (See Table 1A).

  • Excise clearances of Marked Gas Oil in February 2024 were 14% lower compared with February 2023. This was the lowest Marked Gas Oil clearances recorded for February since 2017 (See Table 1C).

  • Clearances of Kerosene in February 2024 were 7% lower compared with February 2023. This was the lowest Kerosene clearances recorded for February since 2012 (See Table 1D).

  • The monthly mean temperature at Dublin Airport in February 2024 was 7.3 degrees Celsius. This was the highest recorded monthly mean temperature at Dublin Airport for February in the 2000-2024 time series (See Table 4).

Statistician's Comment

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (09 April 2024) released Fuel Excise Clearances February 2024.

Commenting on the release, Deirdre Moran, Statistician in the Climate and Energy Division, said: "Clearances of Unleaded Petrol in February 2024, at 79 million litres, were 5% higher than the February 2023 figure of 75 million litres. After a long period of decline in clearances of Unleaded Petrol from 2007, there has been a gradual recovery in 2022-2024 to 2019 levels (See Figure 1, Table 1B, and Table 2).

At 281 million litres, clearances of Autodiesel in February 2024 were 2% lower than in February 2023 (See Table 1A).

Clearances of Marked Gas Oil in February 2024 were 80 million litres, which was 14% lower than the February 2023 figure of 93 million litres. This decrease followed a 10% increase between January 2023 and January 2024 (See Table 1C). Marked Gas Oil is primarily used for off-road purposes such as agriculture and the heating of larger buildings.

At 95 million litres, clearances of Kerosene in February 2024 were 7% lower compared with the February 2023 figure of 102 million litres (See Table 1D). Kerosene is mainly used as a home heating fuel.

Excise clearances in February 2024 were the lowest February figures for Kerosene since 2012 and for Marked Gas Oil since 2017 (See Tables 1C and 1D).

The monthly mean temperature at Dublin Airport in February 2024 was 7.3 degrees Celsius. This was the highest recorded monthly mean temperature at Dublin Airport for February in the 2000-2024 time series (See Table 4).

Annual clearances of Unleaded Petrol, Marked Gas Oil, and Kerosene in 2023 were all substantially lower than the highest levels recorded in the 2000-2023 time series (See Table 2)."

Editor's Note

The data used in this statistical release mainly relate to the Revenue Commissioners monthly excise clearance volumes. The use of transport fuels such as Autodiesel and Unleaded Petrol are less seasonal than the use of home heating fuels. Price changes, exceptionally cold weather, and storage capacity (home heating oil tanks) can all combine to create marked variations in the monthly clearances. Levels of activity in the economy and changes in the vehicle fleet composition can affect the volume of clearances of road fuels. See Background Notes for definition of fuel excise clearances.

Tables and Graphs

There was a 12.5% increase in Kerosene excise clearances when comparing the year-to-date period January-February 2024 with January-February 2023. There was an 8.0% increase in Unleaded Petrol excise clearances when comparing the 12-month rolling period of March 2023-February 2024 with March 2022-February 2023 (See Table A, 1B, and 1D).

Table A: Excise Clearance Percentage Changes for Selected Fuels February 2024
FuelJanuary-February 2024/2023March-February 12-months 2024/2023
Autodiesel1.4%0.0%
Unleaded Petrol9.2%8.0%
Marked Gas Oil-2.9%-4.7%
Kerosene12.5%5.9%

Trends in February Clearances 2000-2024

Clearances of Unleaded Petrol in February 2024, at 79 million litres, were 5% higher than the February 2023 figure of 75 million litres. After a long period of decline in clearances of Unleaded Petrol from 2007, there has been a gradual recovery in 2022-2024 to 2019 levels (See Figure 1,Table 1B, and Table 2).

2021202220232024
January38667382
February42667579
March567883
April657982
May708398
June797984
July838185
August788297
September808080
October847984
November737984
December758083
Table 1A Monthly Excise Clearances of Autodiesel (Million litres) February 2024

Table 1B Monthly Excise Clearances of Unleaded Petrol (Million litres) February 2024

Table 1C Monthly Excise Clearances of Marked Gas Oil (Million litres) February 2024

Table 1D Monthly Excise Clearances of Kerosene (Million litres) February 2024

Trends in Annual Clearances 2000-2023

In 2000 Autodiesel clearances were two billion litres which was 2% higher than Unleaded Petrol clearances. In 2023 Autodiesel clearances had increased to 3.6 billion litres which was 256% higher than Unleaded Petrol (See Table 2).

AutodieselUnleaded PetrolMarked Gas OilKerosene
20001.9921.9541.5960.789
20012.152.0441.630.95
20022.2632.121.5470.939
20032.2992.1141.5650.983
20042.4442.1881.5811.053
20052.5962.2641.6451.081
20062.8362.331.6531.126
20073.0252.3771.5921.124
20082.962.311.5031.202
20092.7142.1171.2741.253
20102.561.931.2261.329
20112.5631.8291.1551.051
20122.5481.6681.1260.898
20132.6761.5681.1020.906
20142.8471.4830.9980.857
20153.1061.4161.0141.015
20163.331.3351.0441.05
20173.5711.251.0551.089
20183.5891.0981.0871.149
20193.6791.0431.0931.068
20203.1670.7731.1341.257
20213.3980.8251.1731.107
20223.5880.9311.1470.922
20233.5941.011.0960.918
Table 2: Annual Excise Clearances 2000-2023

Trends in Wholesale Price Index for Selected Fuels 2000-2024

Figure 3 and Tables 3A to 3D (see below) show trends in the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for selected fuels.

PetrolAutodieselGas oil (other than autodiesel)Fuel oil
January 201093.594.391.497
February 201093.794.190.797.1
March 20109898.296.9101.2
April 201097.899.397.6102.2
May 201098.4100.4102.6107.9
June 201098100.1102.6107.2
July 201096.999.5100.7106.9
August 201096.599.2100.1106.6
September 201097.6100.6101.7106.8
October 201097100100.7105.8
November 201098.2102.2103.7107.7
December 2010102.4105.1105.3108.3
January 2011103.8107.1109.1111.9
February 2011103.3108.3109.7112.4
March 2011107111.5114.2118.7
April 2011108.5111.9115.3121.3
May 2011108.2108.8110.9116.8
June 2011106.6110.3113119.2
July 2011108.3111.2114.4120.9
August 2011105.3108.2110.4116
September 2011107.8110.8113.7119.1
October 2011106.6110.9113.2119.6
November 2011105.9113.6117.3122.5
December 2011106.7112.6115.8121.9
January 2012109.2115.9119.7126.2
February 2012110.5114.9119.4126.3
March 2012114117121.4129.6
April 2012114.9115.9119.9128.3
May 2012111.1114.5119.3126.1
June 2012108.5111.3115122.2
July 2012110.8114117.8124.4
August 2012114.6117.6122.2130
September 2012113.9117.7123.6130.1
October 2012113.9118.1124.5126.4
November 2012109.7115.1120.3123
December 2012108.2113.1118.5120.9
January 2013109.5114.2119.3123.1
February 2013111.8115.7122.3125.9
March 2013109.8114118.9122.8
April 2013108.6111.7116.1120.3
May 2013108.7111.5116120.6
June 2013108.6111.4115.8120.4
July 2013111.1113.3118.6121.4
August 2013110.4113118.3120.7
September 2013108.6114.3119.7121.9
October 2013107.4112.5117.7119.9
November 2013107111.2116.4118.9
December 2013106.1111.4116.5119.4
January 2014106.6110.7115.9118.1
February 2014107.6111.4116.7120.6
March 2014107109.7114.3119.2
April 2014108.7110.6115.2119.6
May 2014108.2110.5115.7119.9
June 2014110.1111.2116.3121.5
July 2014110110.7115.8120.7
August 2014107.8110.6115.6118
September 2014108.1110.1114.9117.9
October 2014105.5108111.4113.9
November 2014103.3106.9109.5110.1
December 201496.7101.1101.7102.4
January 201593.496.795.496
February 201598.6102103.6103.8
March 2015102103104.1103.6
April 2015102.6102.9104.9105.7
May 2015104.1104.6107.5108
June 2015106103.9105.8106.3
July 2015106101.8102.7103.2
August 201510198.898.397.4
September 201597.598.29795.2
October 201596.697.896.496.2
November 20159797.896.495.5
December 201595.392.587.989.1
January 201693.290.285.585.7
February 201690.789.284.585.9
March 20169493.690.390.5
April 201696.693.690.691.3
May 201697.295.493.493.9
June 201697.897.596.297
July 201696.496.394.896.7
August 201694.995.29395.8
September 201696.496.294.297.4
October 201697.799.397.9100.9
November 201695.296.894.497.3
December 201699.3101.5100.9104.5
January 2017101.5101.7100.9106.5
February 2017102.2101.8101.6105.3
March 201799.399.798.5101.8
April 2017102.4101.9101.8105.6
May 2017100.198.997.3102
June 201798.597.194.8100.3
July 201798.497.795.399.7
August 201799.198.796.4100.2
September 2017100.1100.399.7102.6
October 201799100.599.1103.1
November 2017101.4101.9102.7106.7
December 2017100.7102.2102.6105.1
January 2018101.6103.7105.2108
February 201899.5100.199.9103.8
March 201899.4100.8100.8104.4
April 2018102.8104104.2108.2
May 2018105.7107.1107.9112.9
June 2018105.3106.9107.6112.7
July 2018105.4106.3106.8112.5
August 2018106.3107.2108.4112.9
September 2018106.2108.4109.5113.9
October 2018105.2111.1112.3117.3
November 2018102.7109.5108.6113.2
December 201899.5104.6102.5107.1
January 201999.7104.5102.8107.3
February 2019100.6106.1105.4110.4
March 2019102.2106.2106111.6
April 2019107107.2107.7112.4
May 2019107.4107.7108112.6
June 2019103103.7102.6108.2
July 2019106.2106.2105.8112.9
August 2019103.7105104108.8
September 2019102.7106.3105.4109.2
October 2019103.9107.4105.5109.3
November 2019104.7107.2105.2109.3
December 2019104.6107.5105.4109
January 2020105.2108.1104.9108.8
February 2020103.2105101.4105.5
March 202092.496.18995.2
April 202088.592.784.587.4
May 202091.291.683.788
June 202094.795.388.794
July 202096.496.889.995.8
August 202097.397.791.695.3
September 20209694.887.492.8
October 202097.797.188.994.5
November 202096.898.29096
December 202098.1100.292.998.2
January 2021100.7102.395.9100.8
February 2021102.2104.898.6103
March 2021106.5107.3101.8105.3
April 2021105.9105.999.8104
May 2021107.4108.6103.7107.2
June 2021108.5110.1105.7108.5
July 2021111111.4108.2110.6
August 2021110.9110.9106.8109.5
September 2021111.8112.6108.7110.8
October 2021118.7121.8116.6117.6
November 2021120.2122.5115.8116.9
December 2021115.3118.5112.9114.7
January 2022118.5121.7118.3120.7
February 2022123.4125.5124.1123.7
March 2022122.5133.3148.7138.8
April 2022122.1134.9144139.9
May 2022132.9138147.6151.3
June 2022140.9151.7165.3160.4
July 2022135.3146.4161.3148.7
August 2022124.6138.5143.6142.5
September 2022118.4135.2147.2145.8
October 2022124.3142155.7147.7
November 2022119.2133.9144.8144.8
December 2022112.1127.5129.3132.7
January 2023113.6126.7128.8132.7
February 2023116.9124.9127.5131.2
March 2023116.2121.5126.1128.5
April 2023117115.8122.7125.8
May 2023113.4111.9115.6120.5
June 2023115.8115.5118.9120.9
July 2023115.8119123.6127
August 2023120.5125.9140.2144.5
September 2023128.2139.9150.1151.1
October 2023125137.6142145.9
November 2023123.1133.2135.1140.1
December 2023119.2129.4126.2130
January 2024120.8130.9128.3132.9
February 2024125135.1139.4140.1
Table 3A: Wholesale Price Index for Autodiesel February 2024

Table 3B: Wholesale Price Index for Petrol February 2024

Table 3C: Wholesale Price Index for Gas Oil February 2024

Table 3D: Wholesale Price Index for Fuel Oil February 2024

Trends in Monthly Mean Air Temperature 2000-2024

Table 4 shows trends in the monthly mean air temperature at Dublin Airport. The monthly mean temperature at Dublin Airport in February 2024 was 7.3 degrees Celsius. This is the highest recorded monthly mean temperature at Dublin Airport for February in the 2000-2024 time series (See Figure 4 and Table 4).

X-axis labelMean Air Temperature
February 20006.1
February 20014.3
February 20026.4
February 20034.8
February 20044.9
February 20054.8
February 20065
February 20075.9
February 20085.8
February 20095.1
February 20102.3
February 20117
February 20126.6
February 20134.2
February 20145.6
February 20154
February 20164.4
February 20176.2
February 20183.4
February 20197
February 20205.8
February 20216.2
February 20226.7
February 20237.2
February 20247.3
Table 4: Met Éireann Monthly Mean Air Temperature for Dublin Airport 2000-2024