New Communication on EU Biofuels and Bioliquids Sustainability Requirements

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com%5D The European Commission has official published a Communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and a Communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels in the Official Journal of the EU.

Communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme

The EU introduced in 2009 the most comprehensive and advanced binding sustainability scheme of its kind anywhere in the world. The Renewable Energy Directive sets out these sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids. For biofuels, corresponding criteria are set out in the Fuel Quality Directive. They apply to biofuels/bioliquids produced in the EU and to imported biofuels/bioliquids. Member States are responsible for making sure that the sustainability criteria are met by economic operators when biofuels/bioliquids are taken into account for the purposes listed in the Renewable Energy Directive, the Fuel Quality Directive, the Community guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and the Regulation on CO 2 from passenger cars.

The sustainability scheme contains two tools designed to reduce the administrative burden for economic operators:

1. The option to use recognised ‘voluntary schemes’ or ‘bilateral and multilateral agreements’ to show compliance with some or all of the sustainability criteria; and

2. The option to use ‘default values’ laid down in the Directive to show compliance with the sustainability criterion on greenhouse gas emissions savings.

The Commission can decide that voluntary schemes or bilateral and multilateral agreements concluded by the Union contain accurate data concerning the sustainability criteria. The Commission can add default values for new biofuel/bioliquid production methods and update the existing values. This communication sets out how the Commission intends to carry out its responsibilities leading to such decisions. It provides information for Member States, third countries, economic operators and non-governmental organisations.

Alongside this communication, the Commission has adopted a communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels ( 6 ) which aims to facilitate consistent implementation of the sustainability scheme.

This communication uses the article numbers of the Renewable Energy Directive to refer to specific provisions. The table indicates where corresponding provisions for biofuels are found in the Fuel Quality Directive. References in this communication to ‘the Directive’ refer to the Renewable Energy Directive. Where the Fuel Quality Directive contains a corresponding provision, they apply equally to that Directive

Communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels

The EU’s new renewable energy policy‘s binding sustainability scheme will apply equally to domestically produced and imported biofuels and bioliquids. These sustainability criteria are set out in the Renewable Energy Directive, adopted in 2009. For biofuels, corresponding criteria are set out in the Fuel Quality Directive.

This Communication sets out how Member States and economic operators can implement the sustainability criteria and the Renewable Energy Directive’s counting rules for biofuels in practice. This Communication has no binding character. It is designed to assist Member States and to facilitate a consistent implementation of the sustainability criteria. It is accompanied by a Communication on voluntary schemes and default values and by Commission guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

The sustainability criteria apply to biofuels/bioliquids produced in the EU and to imported biofuels/bioliquids. Member States are responsible for making sure that the sustainability criteria are met when biofuels/bioliquids:

1. are counted towards their renewable energy targets under the Renewable Energy Directive;

2. are used for compliance with renewable energy obligations

3. receive financial support for their consumption;

4. are counted towards the target of the Fuel Quality Directive for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (biofuels only);

5. receive investment and/or operating aid in accordance with the Community guidelines on State aid for environmental protection (biofuels only);

6. are taken into account under the provisions for alternative- fuel vehicles of the Regulation on CO 2 from passenger cars (‘E85’ bioethanol only.)

This Communication is accompanied by Commission guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks— a binding document adopted according to Annex V, point 10 of the Renewable Energy Directive; and by a Communication on voluntary schemes and default values.

This Communication uses the article numbers of the Renewable Energy Directive to refer to specific provisions. The table indicates where corresponding provisions for biofuels are found in the Fuel Quality Directive. References in this Communication to ‘the Directive’ refer to the Renewable Energy Directive. Where the Fuel Quality Directive contains a corresponding provision, they apply equally to that Directive.

Read the full communications in PDF format by clicking the links below:

Communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme

Communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels

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