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EWABA argues further ‘fine tuning’ of EU’s climate change package needed

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The EWABA association has welcomed the European Commission’s intention to make Europe the first climate neutral continent.
However, the organisation representing the EU waste-based and advanced biodiesel industry regretted that the Commission’s approach fails to offer a bolder promotion of renewable and low carbon liquid fuels as a long-term solution to decarbonise the EU transport sector as a whole.
EWABA Secretary General Angel Alberdi stated that “it is clear from the onset that the Commission’s proposals will require further work at the European Parliament and Council of the EU to deliver the best possible regulatory outcome in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) savings and sustained growth of the EU economy, in particular regarding the ReFuelEU aviation proposal”.
The Commission has proposed a new GHG savings target system to further decarbonise the transport sector.
Waste-based and advanced biodiesel reach up to 90% GHG savings compared to fossil diesel and therefore these types of biodiesel are expected to remain the most effective decarbonisation tool for road transport.
EWABA believes that the ReFuelEU proposal on the promotion of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) breaks the Commission’s technology neutrality principle and severely destabilises the level playing field between the promotion of renewable and low carbon fuels in the road, maritime and aviation transport sectors while increasing GHG emissions at the expense of the EU’s climate mitigation efforts.
The ReFuelEU proposal should not go beyond the system established in the RED II for the promotion of SAF derived from waste lipids, EWABA added.
On a very positive note, EWABA welcomed the revised Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) including an increase of the biodiesel blend from 7% to 10%, making B10 the standard blend across the EU, from the current B7.