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Media Partnership - The road to COP26: what is the role of biofuels?


Media Partnership - The road to COP26: what is the role of biofuels?


According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), of all direct CO2 emissions from fuel combustion, transportation accounts for 24%. Road vehicles are the source of nearly three-quarters of the carbon footprint of the transport sector, but emissions from aviation and shipping continue to rise, highlighting the need for greater focus on these hard-to-abate subsectors too.

Therefore, decarbonising the transport sector is a key element on the run up to COP26 – and biofuels have a significant role if we are to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5ºC.

Brazil is the second largest producer of biofuels in the world – second only to the United States – and has the largest fleet of “flex fuel” vehicles in the world. The country started its own energy transition in the transport sector in the 1970s, with consistent investments in science and innovation. For over 50 years now, cars in Brazil have been powered by sustainable biofuels that not only mitigate climate change, but also promote economic growth, social inclusion and public health benefits (such as significant improvements in air quality in Brazilian cities).

Clean transport and electric vehicles are one of the priority campaigns of the British presidency of COP26. This webinar will take place less than two months before the conference in Glasgow and will address the role of biofuels in reducing transport emissions not only in Brazil, but also in countries like the UK, which is investing in the electrification of its fleet and is moving from the E5 to the E10 standard (10% bioethanol blend in petrol).

Discussions will address land use and sustainability issues; debates food security; second generation and advanced biofuels; voluntary certification and traceability within supply chains; Brazil’s new National Policy on Biofuels and its decarbonisation credits (RenovaBio and CBios); the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO); and the use of biofuels in sectors that are harder to electrify (such as shipping and aviation).

Join us on this webinar to discuss the best strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector, with panelists from different sectors both in Brazil and the UK.


ORGANISED BY: The Embassy of Brazil in London and Apex-Brasil





Plínio Nastari, President/CEO of Datagro; and President of the Brazilian Institute of Bioenergy & Bioeconomy (IBIO)
Emily Rees, UNICA (Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association)
André Valente, Manager for Sustainability, Raízen
James Primrose, Vice President Strategy Gas and Low Carbon Energy, bp


Dave Keating, Journalist, EURACTIV


15:00 - 16:15 London Time
16:00 - 17:15 Brussels Time


Tamara Novel