14 July 2021: today the European Commission published the Fit-For-55 Package. The EBB welcomes the release of a comprehensive package that provides clear and binding targets towards emissions reductions of 55% by 2030. However, the transport sector needs more sustainable, affordable, and available solutions like biodiesel. The EBB looks forward to working with co-legislators to help the EU achieve its goal, ensuring we are “Fit-for-55”.
Sustainable biodiesel made from crops, wastes and residues, is the primary driver of road transport decarbonisation. While reducing GHG emissions significantly, it contributes to our circular and bioeconomies, supports domestic production of vegetable proteins for European livestock, reduces fossil diesel imports, and helps rural economies.
Biodiesel is key to replacing fossil fuels in all transport modes. Despite this, today’s package severely limits biodiesel’s role and fails to provide the right support and incentives to fully ramp up European transport decarbonisation efforts. Most significant is the striking absence of support for sustainable biodiesel in hard-to-decarbonise transport sectors like freight, aviation, and maritime, where such incentives are vital complements to ongoing electrification efforts.
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