Joint letter: Energy Taxation Directive should not discriminate among sustainable renewable fuels


ePURE joined other members of the EU Biofuels Chain and the European Biogas Association in sending a joint letter to EU Member States on the "unacceptable" treatment of renewable fuels in the latest draft Council Presidency compromise text on the ongoing revision of the EU Energy Taxation Directive (ETD).

"We support the Commission’s goal to align the ETD with the EU’s revamped energy and climate ambitions, in view of the 55% emissions reduction target by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050. Nevertheless, the proposal to set the same minimum tax rate for fossil fuels and sustainable crop-based biofuels alike is unacceptable," the letter states.

"To achieve the EU’s climate goals, a transition to fossil free sustainable alternative fuels in transport should be encouraged. Taxation based on energy content would already represent a step forward compared to the current volume-based system, which de facto favours fossil fuels."

"Nevertheless, the signatories of this letter are deeply concerned with the unfair discrimination among different renewable fuels within both the European Commission proposal and the draft Council Presidency compromise text, and consequent unpredictable and arbitrary energy taxation framework."

Read the full letter here.

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