Waste-Based Biodiesel in new European Green Deal
In an effort to decarbonise the transport sector, the EU revised the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) in 2018. The debate is now focused on the successful implementation of the directive in EU Member States by June 2021, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas and carbon emissions in the EU transport sector.
The new European Green Deal will re-visit a number of pieces of legislation in mid-2021, including REDII, to pave the way towards achieving carbon neutrality in 2050. EU policymakers will propose more ambitious targets for the use of renewable energy in the transport sector. Consequently, provisions on biofuels are to be affected.
Regarding biodiesel using waste such as used cooking oil (UCO) and animal fats, the issue of feedstock availability and competition between different technologies (smaller waste biodiesel producers and large Hydro-treated Vegetable Oil-HVO refineries) has taken centre stage, especially amid an increasing demand of alternative fuels for the aviation sector.
The EU waste-based biodiesel industry says that the use of feedstocks in part B of annex IX in RED II (used cooking oil – UCO - and animal fats) is the most cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions in the existing car fleet given their high GHG savings as established in the RED II. Many industry sources argue that UCO and animal fats are amongst the most highly regulated commodities in the world in terms of both traceability of the value chain and GHG performance.
- How comprehensive will be the revision of the REDII to be proposed in mid-2021, especially regarding biofuels?
- What is the environmental footprint of biodiesel derived from UCO and animal fats?
Is the European Green Deal an opportunity for waste-based biodiesel?
- Would the 1.7% flexible cap on the contribution of UCO and animal fats be justified amid improved certification schemes and additional transparency measures?
- What can the EU waste-based biofuel industry do in practice to increase transparency in the sector?
- What are the risks if there was indiscriminate support of the use of renewable fuels in aviation?
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Bernd Kuepker, Renewables and CCS policy, DG ENER, European Commission
Wolfgang Vittorio D'Innocenzo, Energy Attaché, Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU
Laura Buffet, Director for Energy, Transport & Environment
Eric van den Heuvel, Managing Director, Platform Duurzame Biobrandstoff
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