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Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic sign joint declaration promoting E10

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The Ministers of Agriculture in Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic have signed a joint declaration agreeing on the importance of biofuels in the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) post-2020.

“We agree to take all necessary steps to establish the contribution of the biofuels of EU agricultural origin (produced from food and feed crops) to the targets set by RED II at the maximum level of 7% at national levels,” the three countries stated.

They continued to argue that crop-based biofuels are currently one of the ‘most feasible and widely available’ sources of renewable energy for the transport sector.

“We agree to take rapidly all necessary steps to create a favourable environment for the use of fuels with higher blends of renewable energy of agricultural origin such as E10 (max 10% blends of bioethanol in petrol) aiming at achieving climate goals and decrease of energy dependency,” the statement continued.

“We believe that introduction of E10 as the common and only bioethanol blending standard in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia shall be realized not later than 2020 ensuring effective achievement of energy and climate targets and keep the option of the utilisation of conventional biofuels at 7% as it is outlined in RED II.”