EP recognizes benefits of biofuels

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has strengthened the position of biofuels as part of the transport sector’s energy transition. Yesterday’s decision allows for bioethanol and biodiesel to contribute up to seven percentage points to the goal of ten percent alternative fuels in transport by 2020. Thus, the Committee recognizes that certified sustainable biofuels are a cornerstone of the transport sector’s decarbonization strategy.

aireg, Germany’s aviation initiative for renewable energy, views the decision as favorable, since it underpins the production of certified bioenergy. In this way it remains possible to fulfill climate and developmental policy objectives by cultivating advanced bioenergy crops like jatropha and camelina.

Joachim Buse, member of the aireg e.V. Executive Board said: “It is now important that Commission and Parliament present a pathway for the growth of alternative aviation fuels beyond 2020. Such a plan needs to respect the special nature of aviation, which has no alternative to liquid fuels.

During its plenary session on April 30th, 2015 the European Parliament will finally rule on the amendment of the biofuel policy ending a negotiation that has lasted for more than two years.