Biofuels and ILUC

Following the Commission proposal to amend the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), published on 17 October 2012, EUROPIA would like to continue contributing to the public debate on the role of biofuels in the future of transport. While fossil fuels, according to IEA’s widely agreed forecast, shall continue playing the main role in providing energy to ever more efficient internal combustion engines for the next decades, biofuels, other alternative fuels and electric energy will become part of the energy mix in transport. The Commission proposal is commendably aimed at supporting the development of advanced non-food & feed- competing biofuels. However, it falls short of setting a consistent regulatory framework and, most importantly, leaves many uncertainties on the future legislation.