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EU vote confirms critical role of sustainable biodiesel to decarbonise transport

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The European Biodiesel Board (EBB) has welcomed the ambitious RED III ITRE vote that took place on 13 July.
The European Parliament Industry (ITRE) Committee voted on its report on the revision of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED III), authored by MEP Marcus Pieper.
ITRE MEPs confirmed the role of biodiesel from all sustainable feedstocks to reach the EU climate objectives, and also rightly increased the ambitions of the RED for the transport sector.
The EBB said it was pleased to see MEPs embracing higher ambition in transport decarbonisation, with a 16% GHG intensity reduction target for transport (up from the proposed 13%), coupled with a 45% overall renewables target (up from 40%).
The urgency and difficulty to decarbonise the European transport sector is well established and the RED III should address this, added the EBB.
“The European biodiesel industry sees the bold ITRE vote in a difficult context as a step in the right direction. We need now to confirm this positive outcome, as well as correct remaining issues within the ENVI competence on sustainability, during the plenary vote in September. It is critical to ensure the best political message from the Parliament ahead of important trilogue negotiations with Member States and the European Commission,” stated Xavier Noyon, EBB Secretary-General.
“We are pleased to see that in a political debate very polarised, we were able to convince MEPS that sustainable biodiesel from crops, as well as wastes & residues, contributes to food safety, energy security, circularity, and social inclusiveness,” added Noyon.