Biofuels industry gives response to European Commission’s State of the Energy Union report

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The European renewable ethanol association ePure has responded to the European Union’s third State of the Energy Union report.

A key finding of the report is that thanks to progress in 2017, the EU is on track to implement the Energy Union project and deliver jobs, growth and investments. Enabling actions are being put in place to support a socially fair clean energy transition.

Commenting on the report, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General of ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association, said: “With its latest State of the Energy Union the Commission once again shows how it is working against its own goals when it comes to renewables policy.

“By showing there has not been sufficient progress towards the 10% target for renewables by 2020, and that greenhouse gas emissions in transport continue to rise, the report clearly underlines the need for crop-based biofuels like ethanol to help reverse the EU’s poor showing in transport decarbonisation. But instead of promoting today’s low-emission biofuels, the Commission wants to phase them out and pursue the myth of tomorrow’s ‘zero-emission vehicles.’

“The EU wants to be the world leader on promoting renewables. But simply calling for “further improvements” in transport energy – as this report does – is not enough. In fact the Council is now more ambitious than the Commission itself, by stepping up to the plate and proposing tangible solutions to achieve the Energy Union goals: build on the success of the existing framework; leave in place the 7 percent cap on crop-based biofuels; and promote advanced biofuels and renewable electricity in addition to, not at the expense of, existing solutions.”