The European is “not afraid for the future of biofuels post 2020,” Ruta Baltause, policy officer from the European Commission’s DG Energy, Renewables and CCS unit told a Swiss conference audience on Wednesday.
Carbon reduction proposals for transport fuel post-2020 are at a very “sensitive stage”, Baltause told delegates.
“Its very important for the EU Commission to put in place the framework for biofuels post-2020 as early as possible,” Baltause said.
EU biodiesel producers are nervous about the industry’s future post-2020, when current blending obligations built into the Renewable and Fuel Quality Directives lapse. Biofuels remain the only obvious way of reducing carbon emissions as a percentage of road transport fuel consumption at scale given the length of time it will take for electric vehicles to make significant inroads into vehicle fleet make-ups.