Parliament Debate Debunks Misconceptions on #Biodiesel Carbon Savings and Benefits
(EU Reporter) Ahead of key votes on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) in the ITRE, ENVI and TRAN Committees of the European Parliament (EP), EU Biodiesel Chain held a debate in Strasbourg aimed at countering misperceptions on biofuels with latest scientific findings on the positive role of biodiesel production in decarbonizing transport and in agricultural sustainability.
Opening the event, the RED II AGRI Rapporteur MEP Marijana Petir described the hard work done within the Agricultural Committee in achieving a compromise on the role of conventional biofuels, saying that “the recent vote in the AGRI Committee is a powerful signal to steer discussions within the ENVI Committee, in a way that recognizes the important role of sustainable biofuels for rural development and GHG emissions reduction in the EU.”
The Shadow Rapporteur in the ITRE Committee MEP Seán Kelly said: “It is vital that we ensure regulatory certainty as many of those who currently produce 1st generation biofuels are the same ones that we are counting on to invest in the development of advanced biofuels. As a result, reducing the share of conventional biofuels would send the wrong signal to investors and be detrimental to the development of advanced biofuels.”
Delivering a keynote speech on the differences between two models assessing induced biofuels’ GHG emissions from land use change – GLOBIOM, used in debates on RED II, and GTAP-BIO, used by the US California Air Resources Board – Professor Wally Tyner from Purdue University (USA), stated: “In my experience, it is better to have an open model due to a broad stakeholder input. While GTAP is peer-reviewed, transparent and subject to stakeholder examination, GLOBIOM is not open for scrutiny”. In investigating the important differences between these two models, Professor Tyner determined the causes for many of these differences, and concluded that “with improved assumptions, GLOBIOM ILUC figures for oilseed crops would substantially decrease.” READ MORE