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The road to decarbonisation: Long-term biofuels policy in a changing EU political landscape


The road to decarbonisation: Long-term biofuels policy in a changing EU political landscape

The EU has outlined a vision for a zero-carbon future – one that would require a massive increase in the deployment of renewable energy sources.

However, it has not fully committed to mobilising all of the tools it has at hand to make that vision a reality, including the ability to leverage important European-produced sources of low-carbon energy such as renewable EU ethanol.

Transport decarbonisation poses many challenges and requires significant actions by EU Member States (MS) between now and 2030. MS recently submitted National Energy and Climate Plans (INECPs) to the European Commission. The role of sustainable energy in road transport is an important piece of the INECPs puzzle.

Europe has the opportunity to be the world leader in the renewables revolution by promoting all solutions required to reduce emissions from today’s vehicles – and tomorrow’s.

EURACTIV invites you to this high-level Stakeholder Forum to discuss how EU policy can better fulfill its long-term decarbonisation strategy and the role of renewable ethanol in this effort. And it will assess the effect a changing EU political landscape – new Parliament, new Commission – will have on policy. Questions will include:

- What are the main transport decarbonisation challenges?
- Technological pathways – what role for biofuels, advanced biofuels, electrification, biomethane?
- Carbon abatement costs of pathways – what are the climate benefits?
- How should pathways be assessed overall? What role do social and economic costs play?

Supported by:


Bibliothèque Solvay
Leopoldpark, Rue Belliard 137


Bernd Kuepker, Policy Officer, Renewables and CCS policy, DG ENER, European Commission
Martin Pitorák, Third Secretary, Energy Policy, Permanent Representation of Slovakia to the EU
Toshimasa Masuyama, Bioenergy Analyst, Innovation and Technology Center, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Laura Buffet, Energy Director, Transport & Environment
Valérie Corre, Director, Regulatory Affairs alcohol/ethanol, Europe, Tereos


Dave Keating, Freelance Journalist, EURACTIV


16:30 – 17:00 Registration
17:00 – 17:10 Introductory remarks by ePURE Vice-President Alarik Sandrup
17:10 – 17:40 Opening statements
17:40 – 18:30 Discussion and Q&A
18:30 – 19:30 Networking reception


Teresa Dominguez
+32 (0) 2 788 36 93

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