EWABA closely monitoring ‘falsely’ certified biofuel issues

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EWABA has highlighted the ‘important’ issue of falsely certified biofuels which has become an issue in Germany.
The German federal environment ministry (BMUV) has announced it was aware of falsely certified biofuels circulating domestically, Argus Media has reported.
European biodiesel producers have been highlighting that fuel imported into the EU from China has been falsely certified as ‘advanced'.
In an interview with the global media outlet, the ministry said biodiesel has been arriving in large quantities since the fourth quarter of last year.
The 'advanced' label means they are eligible to count twice towards Germany's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target for transport fuels once a baseline target has been met.
Dasa Mamrillova, the government affairs director at EWABA, said: “Of course this is a very important issue for us, we are following it quite closely and our members are not happy about these increased imports.
“We have alerted different official authorities and are aware that some of them are seriously looking at it. In case that false certification and wrong labelling is confirmed, we are quite confident that appropriate measures will be taken to stop these imports soon.”
The proof of sustainability (PoS) accompanying such imports complies with the German Biofuel Sustainability Regulation (Biokraft-NachV).
Biofuels are considered advanced if they are produced from raw materials listed in Annex IX Part A of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) as outlined in Annex 1 of the 38th Federal Emission Control Ordinance.
The BMUV said this year it planned to submit a draft law to ban the use of biofuels from crop and feed in a move that would increase reliance on biofuels produced from non-crop sources including advanced feedstocks.

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