The launching of the European Green Deal (EGD) in December 2019, led by Frans Timmermans, the first vice-president of the European Commission (EC), kicked-off a renewed sense of urgency and ambition to put the EU on track to reach netzero emissions by 2050.
The EU is aiming to retain its leading global role in the fight against climate change, and reap the benefit of being a ‘first mover’ on the deployment of renewables on a large scale.
First mover While the position of first mover can undoubtedly bring advantages to the EU and the European industry, this transition should take into consideration existing industries like the European biodiesel industry, and ensure that these are defended and fostered while their sustainability is strengthened in the process.
Conventional biodiesel, as well as waste-based and advanced biodiesel (including renewable diesel), are the most widely used biofuels in Europe today, with more than 14 million tonnes consumed every year. These sustainable, renewable fuels should remain a crucial part of Europe’s decarbonisation path towards carbon neutrality.
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