FEDIOL press statement following the ITRE vote on the Renewable Energy Directive III  28/06/2023

Brussels, 28 June 2023 – FEDIOL applauds the decision to recognise the role of crop-based biofuels in meeting the EU’s transport renewable energy target. 

Following the ITRE committee’s approval of the agreement reached between the co-legislators on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED III), FEDIOL is satisfied that the agreement acknowledges the complementary and needed role of crop-based biofuels in contributing to the EU’s transport renewable energy mix. Crop-based biofuels are an immediate and cost-effective tool to reduce emissions in the transport sector and will help reduce the EU’s dependence on fossil fuel imports as well as support the EU’s energy security. We encourage Member States to make the most of the benefits of sustainably produced crop-based biofuels, which also play an important part in supporting agriculture and farmers’ incomes.

Furthermore, the higher ambition for the transport sector, with the target of 14.5% GHG intensity reduction or 29% renewable energy consumption, will allow sustainable renewable energy sources to step up their contribution to the EU’s energy mix and therefore support the achievement of the EU’s climate goals.  

FEDIOL also welcomes the decision to reinstate the possibility for farmers to use NUTS II values to calculate their GHG emission reductions, which will spare small and medium–size farms the additional and disproportionate administrative burden that individual farm-based calculations would have represented. To make this provision meaningful, we urge the Member States and the Commission to proactively ensure that such values are submitted and approved under RED III.      

Overall, the reviewed Directive sends a positive signal for accelerating the decarbonisation of the transport sector and delivers this under a stable and reliable framework. FEDIOL therefore calls on the European Parliament and Council to endorse this satisfactory agreement.

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