The European Commission’s Fit for 55 package sets important new goals for emissions reduction in transport. Giving a prominent role to renewable liquid fuels would create a solid foundation for reaching them. To that end, the EU should fully maximise the tools it has on hand for decarbonisation and de-fossilisation – starting with the Renewable Energy Directive. Other surrounding policies should be consistent with each other. In particular technology neutrality must be at the forefront of this ambitious package and all renewable and sustainable fuels, including electricity, must be able to contribute on the basis of an objective well-to-wheel measurement.
The members of the Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform – representing major associations operating in the EU liquid fuels value chain, from feedstock and fuel production to storage, supply and distribution – are committed to working together to contribute to the decarbonisation of the mobility sector in a sustainable, affordable and socially inclusive way.
A coalition of EU renewable fuels associations has sent an open letter to the European Commission on the importance of achieving climate-neutrality in road transport through the contribution of renewable sustainable fuels. Read the full letter here.
EU climate policy works best when it avoids predicting winners and losers and sticks to the principle of technology neutrality – fostering the cheapest, most efficient and effective decarbonisation solutions. For road transport this means sustainable biofuels, today’s main tool for reducing emissions and displacing fossil fuel.
Major organisations operating in the liquid fuels value chain have joined forces to form the Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform. These partners are working together to contribute to the decarbonisation of the mobility sector in a sustainable and affordable way. They represent companies acting at different steps of the value chain, from feedstock and fuel production to supply and distribution, making up a substantial part of the sustainable renewable fuels’ ecosystem. Read our joint statement here.
EU Biofuels Chain: Joint position paper on the revised Sustainable finance draft Delegated Regulation
The EU Biofuels Chain supports the final objective of the Sustainable Finance Regulation: to enable financial flows to support sustainable growth and transition to a carbon neutral economy. We acknowledge the principle that the EU taxonomy should not contradict the European Green Deal objectives to fully deliver on the increased EU climate ambition. Biofuels should be part of the solution for the EU transition to carbon neutrality
The European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan sets important ambitions for reducing consumption by making products more renewable, reusable and recyclable throughout their whole lifecycle – ambitions that cannot easily be achieved without taking full advantage of Europe’s bioeconomy. In this paper, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA), which represents a wide variety of primary producers, processors and technology providers including ePURE, highlights the significance of its sectors in contributing bioeconomy solutions for this essential transition to a circular economy.
ePURE, representing the European producers of renewable ethanol from crops, waste and residues, provided feedback on the revision of the current guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and energy. In addition to the questionnaire, ePURE also submitted a position paper.
As the EU is once again moving towards a new revision of the RED, it is critical that the European Commission takes stock of the shortcomings of the approach that has been taken so far on renewables in transport and crop-based biofuels in particular. The design of RED II puts renewables against each other, instead of trying to replace fossil fuels as much as possible. This approach, initiated by the ILUC Directive, hinders greater renewable energy incorporation.
ePURE joined EUBA members in sending a joint letter to Member State authorities on the EU Taxonomy Regulation’s draft delegated act on climate-related objectives and its annexes. “We believe that the Commission’s publication of the first draft delegated act and its annexes supplementing Regulation 2020/852 establishing a framework to facilitate sustainable investments poses a serious threat to these sectors and to their ability to contribute towards climate change mitigation and adaptation,” the letter states.
A group of 39 associations and companies representing the automotive, fuel and energy industries call on the European Commission to include sustainable renewable fuels in EU mobility legislation.
ePURE joined with UPEI (Europe’s independent fuel suppliers), Liquid Gas Europe (the European LPG association), and EBB (the European Biodiesel Board) in issuing a joint position calling on EU policymakers to ensure that all existing alternative fuels contribute to the decarbonisation of EU road transport.
EU Biofuels Chain: Joint position paper on the Increase of the EU Climate Ambition for 2030 in the Transport Sector
The EU Biofuels Chain welcomes the increased EU ambition for emissions reduction by 2030, and is ready to continue delivering real solutions to help decarbonise the European transport sector, progress towards a low carbon economy, strengthen the independence and revenue of European farmers, and contribute to the EU’s long-term vision of achieving a carbon neutral Europe by mid-century.
In response to the RED II revision roadmap, ePURE has provided recommendations to make the most out of this upcoming revision of the main policy instrument fostering the uptake of renewable energy. This is in order to significantly increase renewable energy quantity in Europe, reduce reliance on fossil energy and support the European Green Deal ambitions. As the EU is once again moving towards a new revision of the RED, it is critical that the Commission takes stock of the failures of the approach that has been taken on renewables in transport and crop-based biofuels in particular. The design of RED II puts renewables against each other, pursuing the approach initiated by the ILUC Directive, thereby hindering greater renewable energy incorporation.
Three organisations representing various sectors active in packaging and the bioeconomy (ACE, EUBA and CITPA) published a joint statement in support an ambitious Climate Law that recognizes the role of sustainable low carbon and circular materials, such as renewable materials, in achieving climate neutrality.
ePURE joined Bioenergy Europe and the European Biogas Association in writing to key European Commissioners and officials about the upcoming EU Biodiversity Strategy, urging them to shape the future biodiversity policy within realistic, yet ambitious objectives, and to acknowledge the current Renewable Energy Directive as the reference framework to address all aspects of bioenergy sustainability and ensure strengthened requirements apply to both domestic and imported feedstock.
The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA), representing twelve organisations in various sectors active in the bioeconomy including ePURE, welcomes the comprehensive EU Green Deal strategy.
European renewable ethanol producers have asked the European Commission to consider addressing challenges that have arisen from shifting market conditions as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.
ePURE joined other associations in the Biofuels Value Chain in sending a letter to European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans on the potential impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the biofuels sector and address possible mitigation measures.
ePURE joined other EU sectors in issuing a joint statement on the European Commission’s Sustainable Investment Regulation, the so-called ‘Taxonomy Regulation‘.
ePURE joined Liquid Gas Europe, the European Biodiesel Board, UPEI and ACEA in publishing a joint declaration urging the European Commission to maintain its current definition of alternative fuels in the upcoming review of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive.
The European Bioeconomy Alliance, representing 12 leading European organisations in various sectors active in the bioeconomy including ePURE, responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on the roadmap of the forthcoming EU Climate Law. The transition to a circular bioeconomy is a major opportunity to create competitive advantages for Europe and, as the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy underlines “[a] sustainable European bioeconomy is necessary to build a carbon neutral future in line with the Climate objectives of the Paris Agreement”.
ePURE is committed to a carbon neutral Europe by mid-century. The European ethanol industry has a proven track record in delivering innovative and decarbonising solutions and will further contribute through technology improvements. We welcome that the Commission acknowledges that transport needs to be decarbonised and the important role of advanced biofuels to achieving Europe’s long-term climate goals. In fact, all sustainable low carbon fuels including both crop-based and advanced ethanol have a critical role to play to reach carbon neutrality. As the IEA and IRENA recently highlighted, sustainable biofuels are essential to meet the Paris Agreement. It is therefore crucial that the EU long-term strategy addresses how to effectively increase their share in the transport energy mix.
ePURE, representing the European producers of renewable ethanol, believes that the agreed concession granted to Mercosur in the form of a Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) for ethanol remains disproportional as: the EU ethanol market has not grown significantly to allow the absorption of such volumes which correspond to close to 12% of the entire market it risks seriously disrupting the EU ethanol market for all end-uses unlike the EU, Brazil has a remarkable ability to protect and support its industry and farmers the agreement ignores that renewable ethanol is positive for Europe if produced domestically