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
ePURE joins global ethanol industry groups in calling for urgent roll out of E10 and higher blend ethanol fuel to help address crisis in transport sector carbon emissions.
Sustainable low-carbon liquid fuels like renewable ethanol are essential to achieving the emissions reduction goals of the EU’s Clean Mobility Package. They represent an immediate, cost-effective solution to decarbonising transport with existing infrastructure and internal combustion engines that will still be prevalent on the road in the coming decades, even when considering the most ambitious scenarios for the
uptake of electric vehicles.
Trilogue negotiators have a unique opportunity to adopt a realistic approach to clean mobility by:
Moving progressively towards a full life-cycle analysis approach to counting emissions Incentivising sustainable low-carbon renewable fuels
Ahead of the next negotiating round on the post-2020 Renewable Energy Directive, the EU Biofuel Chain reiterates the importance of finding an agreement among the institutions based on the structure proposed by the Council’s Presidency in its latest proposal, which foresees the inclusion of conventional biofuels in transport’s incorporation obligations on fossil fuel suppliers under Article 25. While supportive of the advanced generation of biofuels, the EU Biofuel Chain warns against the risk associated with any reduction of the share of conventional biofuels to make room for future technologies. Advanced biofuels are not meant to replace the conventional generation of biofuels but should contribute to the decarbonisation of the transport sector in addition to the existing ones.
Ahead of the RED II trilogue negotiations on 17 May, ePURE joins a group of five associations in calling for a stable, long-term biofuels policy. Guaranteeing existing and future investments in the biofuel sector and ensuring greater consistency between the different EU policy areas will ensure that the strategy’s ambitious climate and energy objectives can be put into actual practice in the period after 2020. To this end, and to ensure an ambitious share of renewables in transport, we endorse an ambitious 35% target for renewables coupled with a minimum transport incorporation obligation of 14% for all renewable sources, without technological restrictions. This level should build on the existing 10% target for 2020 and follow an increasing linear trajectory until 2030, without being artificially boosted by multipliers for renewable electricity.
As the process of deciding on post-2020 light vehicles CO2 standards begins, ePURE calls on the co-legislators to consider the following key policy recommendations as part of the Clean Mobility Package: adopting a technology neutral approach to realistically decarbonise EU transport sector ensuring policy continuity and consistency promoting conventional fuels improvements and the deployment of low-carbon liquid fuels