Fit for purpose? The role of renewable fuels on the road to 2030 and beyond
As part of its EU Green Deal legislative roadmap, the European Commission will propose sweeping new energy and climate legislation aimed at reducing emissions by 55% by 2030. This ‘Fit for 55’ package will include major revamps of several legislation affecting the EU renewable fuels sector – including the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), CO2 standards for cars, the revamp of the Effort Sharing Regulation and the Emissions Trading System with the possible inclusion of transport, and the Energy Taxation Directive.
The revision of the RED will be the third such overhaul since the legislation was enacted in 2009. The current process offers a real opportunity for the Commission to review what it could have done better the first and second times around in crafting EU renewable energy policy. But already there are signs the third time might not be a charm for the RED, with the Commission’s recent initiatives (Biodiversity Strategy, Delegated Regulation on sustainable investments) seeking to minimise or even eliminate the contribution of crop-based biofuels such as renewable ethanol from the road transport energy mix – even though such biofuels have been a significant contributor in displacing fossil fuel and essential to meeting 2030 GHG emissions reduction targets.
This EURACTIV virtual conference, to be held three weeks before the Commission unveils Fit for 55, will answer key questions confronting the EU as it drives toward carbon neutrality, including: What mix of technologies will be needed to reduce transport emissions considering the current and future vehicles park? What role will low-carbon liquid and renewable fuels play in the transport energy mix? What will be the economic and societal impact of the EU’s climate proposals? And will Fit for 55 be fit for purpose?
Henna Virkkunen MEP, Member TRAN Committee, European Parliament
Benjamin Krieger, Head of Government Affairs, CLEPA
Stephanie Searle, Program Director, International Council on Clean Transportation
Valérie Corre, Director Regulatory Affairs Alcohol and Ethanol Europe, Tereos & ePURE
More to be announced
Dave Keating, Journalist, EURACTIV
14:30 – 14:35 Welcome
14:35 – 14:45 Panelist statements
14:45 – 15:40 Discussion and Q&A
15:40 – 15:45 Closing statements
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