Transport is responsible for 27% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU and several pieces of legislation have failed to bring about major changes. The EU executive has already admitted that by 2030, oil will still drive Europe’s cars.
The European Commission is now re-visiting the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) as part of the EU Green Deal and electrification is seen as the main way to decarbonise the EU transport sector.
However, in the medium-term critics suggest that EU policymakers should focus on realistic ways to reduce the use of oil.
In this special report, EURACTIV will analyse the multidimensional role of first-generation biofuels, the prospect of electric cars as well as the future of multipliers in achieving transport goals.
The EU's decision to cap the share of crop-based biofuels in the bloc’s energy mix risks hampering efforts to decarbonise the transport sector, industry has warned ahead of the revision of the renewable energy directive.
The European Commission’s insistence on capping conventional biofuels is “ultra-orthodox” as it deprives farmers of a potential market outside the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) while simultaneously hindering agriculture’s environmental potential, the head of EU farmers’ association told EURACTIV in an interview.
Electric vehicles are not the only future option for the decarbonisation of Europe’s transport sector, but all available sustainable solution should be taken into account, Valérie Corre from the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Without multipliers - a statistical methodology used to encourage the uptake of renewable energy in transport, primarily in electric cars - the share of fossil fuels in transport is “likely” to be higher than the official figures published by Eurostat, a European Commission source told EURACTIV.
As part of its ambitious Green Deal roadmap, the European Commission is set to unveil a new package of energy and climate legislation on Bastille Day, 14 July – potentially kicking off a revolution in EU road transport policy.
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