Driving the Green Deal: How can biofuels help decarbonise EU transport?
According to the European Green Deal, transport accounts for a quarter of the European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions, a substantial contributor to climate change. A 90% decrease in transport emissions, and an increase in renewable energy sources, will be necessary in order to reach climate neutrality by 2050.
Steps have been taken in the right direction, with the EU adopting one of the most ambitious renewable energy policies in the world in 2018; the revised Renewable Energy Directive. This Directive strengthens the sustainability of bio-energy - allowing Europe to maintain its role as a global leader in the fight against climate change.
But will the EU be able to fully mobilise all of the tools it has at hand to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050 – without overlooking the current 2020 goals? As stated in the EU's 2020 Renewable Energy Goals Progress Reports, more than half of Member States still need to meet their targets, with a clear deceleration since 2015.
Biofuels will play an important role in reaching these targets, as they contribute to the reduction of urban pollution. Concerns are heightened by the fact that several MS have been discussing derogations in biofuel mandates, namely fossil fuel blending, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Week, in June 2020, will take place at a critical moment for the EU’s renewable energy policies; a turning point for both short-term and long-term goals.
EURACTIV invites you to this interactive Stakeholder Forum to discuss the role of biofuels in the transport industry, in order to attain a carbon-neutral future and explore all solutions required to achieve the targets and ambitions of the Green Deal. Questions will include:
- Is the Green Deal enough to lead to reduce transport emissions?
- If Member States cannot reach the Renewable Energy 2020 targets, how realistic are the goals for 2050?
- How serious are the risks linked to Indirect Land Use Change?
- Is the EU doing enough to ensure sustainable biofuels?
- To what extent will COVID-19 impact the EU’s Renewable Energy Goals?
Leopoldpark, Rue Belliard 137
To be announced soon.
16:30 – 17:00 Registration
17:00 – 17:10 Introductory remarks by ePURE Secretary General Emmanuel Desplechin
17:10 – 17:40 Opening statements
17:40 – 18:30 Discussion and Q&A
18:30 – 19:30 Networking reception
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