Ahead of trilogue negotiations on the Renewable Energy Directive for 2020-2030, ePURE – representing European producers of renewable ethanol from conventional and advanced feedstock – calls on negotiators to create an ambitious framework for increasing the share of renewable energy in transport, consisting of:
- a firm minimum 12% RES-T target, without multipliers, to which crop-based biofuels can contribute
- a stable 7% crop cap – any reduction should not penalize biofuels with high GHG savings
- a binding sub-target for Annex IX-A advanced biofuels – as per the Commission proposal
Ahead of the 18 December meeting of the EU’s Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council to discuss the Presidency compromise proposal on the EU Renewable Energy Directive post-2020 (RED II), the EU’s Biofuels Chain has written ministers and called for the Council to increase the proposal’s ambition for renewables in transport to at least 15%. “This is in line with the Commission’s own RED II impact assessment,” the letter states, “and this requirement should include crop-based biofuels, the main contributor to today’s decarbonisation in the transport sector.”
EU Biofuels Chain views on the Presidency compromise proposal on RED II.
Biofuels Value Chain: Joint letter to TRAN and ENVI political coordinators regarding TRAN opinion on RED II
Letter from associations representing the Biofuels Value Chain in Europe call on the European Parliament’s TRAN and ENVI committees to give enough time for proper consideration of their RED II opinions.
With its revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) the European Commission wants to phase out conventional biofuel use in Europe – a proposal that threatens to remove ethanol — one of the EU’s best options for reducing greenhouse gases and decarbonising transport. The measure would reduce the maximum contribution of conventional biofuels, such as ethanol made from corn, wheat and sugar beet grown in Europe, from a maximum of 7% of road transport energy in 2021 to 3.8% in 2030.
With its revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) the European Commission wants to phase out all conventional biofuels in the EU. But in making its proposal the Commission has ignored many of its own guidelines for Impact Assessments, including on evidence-based policy making and the proportionality of its policy choices. The Commission provides no scientific evidence or rational arguments to justify the proposed end of policy support for sustainable conventional ethanol post-2020 – a move that would severely restrict biofuels’ contribution towards renewable energy targets.
EU Biofuels Value Chain: Key principles for the discussion on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II).
Decarbonising the EU transport sector requires concrete and realistic policies. The European Commission’s proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive does not deliver in this regard. Post-2020, an effective policy requires increased energy efficiency and the gradual reduction in carbon intensity of all fuels put on the market. But the latter, one of the most cost-effective solutions for carbon abatement, was not retained in the Commission’s proposal, for the sole and incorrect reason that only one Member State has implemented it. Increasing the level of ambition for renewables in transport and continuing the approach of the Fuel Quality Directive (Art. 7a) beyond 2020 is crucial and in line with the European Council conclusions of October 2014.
With its new revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) the European Commission wants to phase out conventional biofuel use in Europe – a proposal that threatens to remove one of the EU’s best options for reducing greenhouse gases and decarbonising transport. The measure would reduce the maximum contribution of conventional biofuels, such as ethanol made from corn, wheat and sugar beet grown in Europe, from a maximum of 7% of road transport energy in 2021 to 3.8% in 2030.
After 2020, the 2030 policy framework for transport decarbonisation needs to incentivise the continuous decrease of transport fuels’ carbon intensity.
After 2020, a binding policy framework to decarbonise transport is crucial to meeting EU 2030 climate ambitions.
For the post-2020 period, the EU must propose clear, consistent and binding measures that increase the climate performance of transport fuels, while decreasing the over-reliance on diesel and include incentives for the deployment of sustainable low carbon fuel technologies, including both conventional and cellulosic ethanol. The recommendations outlined in this Roadmap should be considered in the context of a number of industry wide issues that need to be addressed in policy formation.
ePURE’s views on the promotion of emissions reduction and renewable energy sources in transport post-2020
ePURE’s input into the Commission Consultation for the “Preparation of a new renewable energy directive for the period after 2020” and our views on the promotion of emissions reduction and renewable energy sources in transport post-2020