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‘UCO a highly regulated commodity,’ says EWABA

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EWABA has responded to claims made in a T&E report that raised concerns about Europe’s imports of dubious used cooking oil (UCO).
The new research questioned the environmental impact the use of UCO in the UK and European markets was having.
In a statement, EWABA said UCO was one of the most highly regulated commodities in the world and that complete traceability exists from where it originates until the end of the value chain.
EWABA added: “While EU domestic household collection further develops, collections from EU professional outlets is completely mature.
“For this reason, the EU industry relies on imports from a diversified base of third countries. Thanks to the EU demand a noxious carcinogenic waste is being taken out of the animal feed and human food chain in third countries to be transformed into a renewable fuel saving 90% GHG when compared to fossil fuels.”
EWABA added that the EU has ramped up the verification and monitoring requirements along the supply chain.
In the next few weeks the European Commission will publish a draft implementing act “on revised standards for certification schemes”, further tightening controls throughout all biofuels’ supply chain.
The Commission is also developing a pan-EU track and trace database which goes well beyond the scope included in the existing legislation.
All trading, certification and sustainability data on all biofuels and bioliquids traded in the EU will have to be registered with a database controlled by the European Commission.