EU Renewables Directive Sparks Mixed Feelings among Players
(ICIS) … Charles-Albert Peers, CEO of ethanol producer Alcogroup and chairman of the European trade group for renewable ethanol ePURE, criticised what he called a “U-turn” in EU policy.
“RED II removes one of the best options for decarbonising transport. I don’t see how we can talk about investment in second generation biofuel when we have a U-turn in policy,” he said.
“How can the industry be expected to invest for 15-20 years’ time, without knowing the position of the commission in future years. There is no stability.”
Peers added that a possible solution would be to limit palm oil and palm oil methyl ester (PME) use rather than suppressing all biofuels.
The official view from the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, came from Andreas Gumbert from the Directorate-General (DG) for Climate Action, who said that it was important to start the transition to low emission vehicles, particularly electric vehicles, but adding that it was also important to work with the internal combustion engine that is currently in supply.
“Biofuels produced from food crops have a very limited potential in decarbonising. They have an impact but cannot be the sole policy. We want to see the transition from food-crop based biofuels to advanced biofuels,” said Gumbert.
He added that the proposed legislation would be applicable to fuel suppliers, rather than the 28 EU member states, which the current directive focuses on. READ MORE