The EU has been a champion of the fight against climate change by setting ambitious targets for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). In 2007 the EU approved a 20% GHG reduction target by 2020 compared to 1990 levels, while in 2009, it agreed to a 80-95% reduction by 2050.
The use of Renewable Energy in Transport is a key element of the EU policies against climate change: the 10% target use by 2020 set forth in the Renewable Energy Directive, and the 6% GHG reduction included in the Fuel Quality Directive have been drivers of the EU advanced biofuels industry, which has been always striving to deliver more sustainable and carbon-neutral products to the EU transport sector. Used Cooking Oil biodiesel has always been at the forefront of these efforts.
On 22 January 2014 the European Commission adopted a Communication on the policy framework for climate and energy in the period 2020-2030 which advocates for discontinuing the Fuel Quality Directive and the Renewable Energy Directive. The disappearance of both instruments promoting waste-based advanced biofuels sends the wrong signal to markets and EU citizens and puts our industry in great peril.
EWABA agrees with the European Parliament, which on 5 February 2014 defined the Commission plans as “short-sighted and unambitious”, and expects that the incoming European Commission takes sustainable transportation and climate change policies as one of the key priorities, thus proposing clear and binding targets for the use of advanced and waste-based biofuels for the period 2020-2030.