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Concerns raised as EU adopts European-wide rules to decarbonise shipping

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The European Parliament has adopted its position on European-wide rules to decarbonise the shipping sector with FuelEU Maritime.
APAG, the European Oleochemicals Industry, has welcomed the efforts of the European Parliament to pave the way for industries to become climate neutral by 2050, but it has urged policymakers not to decarbonise one sector at the expense of another.
The rules for feedstocks are diverging across the transport files, the organisation said. Animal fats category 3 are treated differently under each of the three files - the Renewable Energy Directive III, ReFuelEU Aviation and now the FuelEU Maritime Initiative.
APAG members believe having the same rules across all files excluding animal fats category 3 as sustainable feedstocks for transport biofuels would be detrimental to ensure the future of the oleochemical industry in Europe.
“We strongly disagree that animal fats category 3 should be used in any mode of transport as a feedstock for biofuels. MEPs missed an opportunity to ensure maritime fuels are sustainable by including among others animal fats category 3. The additional pressure from the maritime sector on our feedstock will be detrimental for the European oleochemical industry,” said Sofia Ferreira Serafim, manager of APAG.
“Applying the cascading use principle and the waste hierarchy widely would ensure the development of biofuels from wastes rather than add to competition with historic uses in the bioeconomy sector, such as oleochemicals. Without access to animal fats category 3, bio-based alternatives to fossil fuel-based applications will cease to exist,” added Andreas Holzner, chair of the oleochemical industry’s (APAG) RED task force.