GoodFuels has added its backing to the RED II initiative saying it was in favour of directives that stimulate renewables over fossil fuels.
Johannes Schürmann, innovation manager at GoodFuels, said that it was for this reason that the company thinks it was a positive initiative.
The European Commission published its Clean Energy for all Europeans Initiative a couple of years ago. As part of the package, the commission adopted a legislative proposal for a recast of the Renewable Energy Directive, or RED II.
In Red II, the overall EU target for renewable energy sources consumption by 2030 has been increased to 32%.
Schürmann said: “First of all, a wide EU directive shows the willingness to make a transition to renewable energy. It also gives each member state the same targets, which creates a level playing field among the different member states.
“When examining the transportation fuels section of RED-II in more detail, there are also positive sides; the clear distinction between different types of feedstocks (conventional versus advanced), a minimum CO2 reduction threshold for new build biofuel plants, and opt-ins for sectors that depend heavily on liquid fuels like aviation and maritime.”
He added: “Altogether, one could argue that RED-II appears to be a more sophisticated and further developed directive compared to current RED criteria.”
However he said there were guidelines and targets that could be clearer and more ambitious.
He said: “One example is the height of the renewable energy in transport target, which is currently set on 14% in 2030. If and when this directive is revised, I would be in favour of increasing this number.
“Next to the increase of the height in renewable transport, we make a hard plea for capitalising on aviation and maritime opt-ins followed by fundamental separate mandates for these two key transport segments for which advanced biofuels is one of the few options available to decarbonise.”
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