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Fuel Excise Clearances

November 2021

Table A: Excise Clearance Volumes for Road Fuels November 2021
% Change
Period2021/20192021/2020
Unleaded PetrolAutodieselUnleaded PetrolAutodiesel
January-54%-32%-51%-34%
February-46%-24%-45%-28%
March-36%-15%-18%-7%
April-28%-13%+157%+96%
May-24%-11%+50%+47%
June-9%+2%+36%+23%
July-10%-1%+7%+5%
August-13%-3%+3%+5%
September-8%+1%+3%+4%
October-4%+4%+35%+20%
November-13%-2%+40%+18%

November 2021 autodiesel volumes 18% higher than 2020 figures

Figure 1: Road Fuel Clearances November 2000-2021
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Clearances of autodiesel in November 2021 were 18% higher than in November 2020 and 2% lower than in November 2019 (see Table A and Figure 1).

There was an increase of 40% for clearances of petrol in November 2021 compared with the level in November 2020 (see Table 1B). November 2021 petrol clearance volumes were 13% below November 2019 (see Table A).

Clearances of kerosene (mainly used as a home heating fuel) in November 2021 were 2% lower than in November 2020 (see Table 1D). Excise clearances of marked gas oil in November 2021 were 6% higher than in November 2020, with volumes being the highest for the month of November since 2012 (see Table 1C). Marked gas oil is used for off-road purposes such as agriculture and heating of larger buildings.

Tables 3A to 3D and Figure 3 show trends in the Wholesale Price Index for selected fuels. Table 4 and Figure 4 show trends in the monthly mean temperature at Dublin Airport.

The data used in this statistical release mainly relate to 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.