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Final agreement on REDII a "decisive step forward" for EU transportation - LSB

On December 4, 2018, the European Council of Ministers adopted the EU’s entirely revamped Renewable Energy Directive (REDII). The Directive sets a minimum blending mandate for advanced biofuels starting in 2022 something that the Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB), a coalition of advanced biofuel producers, welcomes as a "decisive step" forward in promoting decarbonisation of EU transportation.

Both the European Parliament and the Member States underline with this new adopted Directive that advanced biofuels have a substantial role to play in achieving the 14 percent renewable energy use in transport by 2030. The law contains a mandate to use advanced biofuels with milestones of at least 0.2 percent in 2022, 1 percent in 2025 and 3.5 percent in 2030.

In a statement, the Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB) said that this “step is very much welcomed” after years of regulatory uncertainty. LSB urges swift implementation and transposition of the Directive and calls upon the Commission to ensure “to the maximum extent” transparency and consistency in this process.

According to LSB, the Directive along with national measures are needed to contribute towards the “rapid and deep reductions” in transport emissions. In 2017, EU transport-related greenhouse emissions (GHG) were up 28 percent compared to 1990 levels according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). And recently both International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) called for tougher action in reducing transport emissions.

The industry believes that REDII is a “much-needed incentive” to further roll-out the advanced biofuels industry in the EU.

Marko Janhunen, Director, Public Affairs, UPM and current Chair of Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB),  here seen in a panel discussion during the 2018 Advanced Biofuels Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden.

About Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels

Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB) was established in 2012 to promote the development and uptake of advanced biofuels in the EU and is now a coalition of 12 leading advanced biofuel technology developers and producers from 9 countries committed to making a significant contribution to meeting the EU ambitions of decarbonizing the transport sector.

Member companies currently include UPM (chair), Energo Chemica, St1, Clariant, Enviral, Ørsted, BTG, Kaidi, Global Bioenergies, SEKAB, Enekem and NEOT.

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