RED II is a three-way climate fail: it cuts safe effective ethanol use, will not scale up advanced biofuels production and does not stop harmful palm oil energy.
Petrol and diesel in road transport account for a fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, and this figure is growing. A disruptive turn-around is needed if progress on climate change is to be made by 2030.
While electric vehicles are on the rise, it will be at least 2030 before they account for anywhere near half of new vehicle sales and another 20-30 years before they make up half of the overall fleet on the road. In parallel, a massive building programme for green power generation capacity will be required.
Good biofuels work in the cars that are on the roads today, bringing instant climate benefits, cleaner air and greater security for Europe’s agri-sector.
But the European Commission’s new RED II proposal for road transport is based on cutting conventional biofuels – even effective and safe ones like ethanol. It also allows use of palm oil diesel to continue or even grow, despite the fact that palm oil diesel negates the positive effects of other climate measures and results in further habitat loss in Indonesia and Malaysia.
RED II needs major revision.