ePure: Europe’s Green Transport Strategy Cannot Afford to Ignore Ethanol’s High GHG Savings
(Biofuels International) The European Commission has published its Communication on a European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility report that explores policy options to decarbonise transport beyond 2020.
The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE), representing conventional and advanced ethanol producers, welcomes the Commission’s commitment to assess the future role of low carbon fuels in Europe’s transport through a science-led approach.
The association calls on the Commission to examine the implications of its proposed policy orientations through a proper and fully objective impact assessment, based on the latest available science and its correct reading.
Under the Commission’s better regulation agenda, such an impact assessment should objectively consider all low carbon fuel options available to decarbonise transport, not first define a policy objective and then develop an impact assessment around it, as was the case in 2012 with the proposed revision of the Renewable Energy Directive.
Since the revised biofuels policy framework was adopted, there has been mounting evidence of the sustainability and climate benefits of ethanol, ePure states.
The study on the land use change impact of the EU biofuels policy, using the GLOBIOM model and commissioned by the European Commission, confirmed that both conventional and advanced ethanol have high net GHG savings and low risk of adverse land use change impacts. READ MORE / MORE and MORE (Biofuels Digest)
Excerpt from Biofuels International: The 13-page report mentions the word ‘biofuels’ eight times. As part of its revision to the current legislation related to fuels and renewable energy, the EC is examining how to provide a strong incentive to innovate in energies needed for long-term decarbonisation.
The EC said that this could be done by ensuring that fuel suppliers provide a certain share of advanced biofuels through a blending mandate, for example. READ MORE