Diesel: Russia

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered at on 7 July 2022.

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Photo of Ben Spencer Ben Spencer Conservative, Runnymede and Weybridge

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of the level of the reduction in imports of diesel from Russia since that country's invasion of Ukraine; and what assessment he has made of the feasibility of ending all imports of diesel from Russia.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

In the three months to May 2022, imports of Russian diesel have dropped to 8% of supply compared to 26% in the same period last year.

The Government is on course to phase out imports of Russian oil and oil products, including diesel, by 31 December 2022. UK demand for diesel is met by a combination of domestic production and imports from a diverse range of reliable suppliers beyond Russia including the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden. The Government is working with industry and international partners to boost existing imports from them and ensure alternative supplies.

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