APPA Biocarburantes appeal for key biofuels role

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Even if the ambitious target recently proposed by Spanish Secretary of State for Energy, José Domínguez Abascal, of 5 million electric vehicles in Spain by 2030 is achieved, forecasts suggest that 70-80% of vehicles will continue to have combustion engines. For these vehicles, biofuels will be the only renewable option. The same is true for aviation, maritime transport and heavy vehicles on the road.

For this reason, APPA Biocarburantes propose including the following goals and measures in the proposed Plan:

  • A target for renewable energy in transport of at least 17% for 2030, rather than the goal of just 14% envisaged in the new Renewable Energy Directive (RED).
  • Maintaining the current mechanism for mandatory sale or consumption of biofuels, with incremental annual obligations beginning from the 8.5% already set for 2020. This mechanism should be complemented by specific separate goals for petrol and diesel.
  • Obligatory introduction of 10% in volume of bioethanol (E10) and biodiesel (B10), respectively, at petrol and diesel filling stations.
  • Maximise the contribution of conventional biofuels to the limit of 7% envisaged in the new RED, without setting limits lower than those permitted and without making distinctions between different types of conventional biofuels.
  • Double count biofuels produced from category 1 and 2 used edible oils and animal fats, in order to encourage the production and consumption of these biofuels as much as possible. The availability of these raw materials should be assessed to enable the limit of 1.7% envisaged in the new RED to be exceeded.This limitshould always be understood in real terms.
  • Achieve compliance in physical terms with mandatory targets for the consumption of advanced biofuels envisaged in the new RED from 2022, without double-counting them from that time.