Concerns raised about greenhouse gas reduction quotas

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The draft act transposing the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) was presented by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment at the end of last year.
It was appraised and criticised at a press conference hosted by the organisers of the 18th International Conference on Renewable Mobility - Fuels of the Future 2021.
The press conference was held in the run-up to the conference in the light of the digital format in which the conference will run.
Industry associations took the view this draft act was an important step in the right direction towards increased climate change mitigation measures in the transport sector. However, the present draft was not sufficient to ensure that current greenhouse gas reductions through sustainable biofuels could be maintained in future and to establish new fuel alternatives in the market.
The biofuel associations felt that further substantive points must be amended in the forthcoming debate in the German Bundestag.
EU Member States must transpose the provisions into national law by June 2021.
Artur Auernhammer, member of the German Bundestag and chairman of the German Bioenergy Association, said: "The rise in the greenhouse gas (GHG) quota to 22% for 2030 is a positive development. However, the envisaged rate of increase from the current GHG quota of 6% is much too slow, with the interim target of 8% in 2024.
"An accelerated increase is only envisaged from 2026 with a view to attaining 22% in 2030. This poses a pronounced threat to conventional biofuels from cultivated biomass, as well as those from waste and residues, in the next five years as there is a risk that they will be pushed out of the quota and thus out of the market by multiple credits for other options to meet the quota, such as electricity for vehicle charging or hydrogen.”
In addition to the delay in increasing the GHG quota to 22%, the planned cap on biofuels from cultivated biomass at 4.4% by 2030 was also unconvincing.
The biofuel associations took a particularly critical view of multiple crediting of selected compliance options towards the GHG quota.
“We reject such multiple credits because they feign climate protection through computational tricks. In this form of interpretation, the GHG quota loses its capacity to provide information about genuine greenhouse gas savings and the actual share of renewable energies in the transport sector,” Auernhammer added.
The full programme for the 18th International Conference on Renewable Mobility Fuels of the Future 2021 and registration is available at fuels-of-the-future.com