In its efforts to encourage displacement of fossil fuels by renewable energy, the EU intervened to promote bio-fuels, but ended up discriminating against production of a wider range of bio-based chemical feedstocks in Europe, writes Marco Mensink.
The incorrect classification of Crude Tall Oil as a residue is a serious threat to the European pine chemical industry. By adopting the ILUC Directive with CTO included in Annex IX, EU decision makers are pulling away the carpet under the feet of an innovative biobased chemical sector. Ultimately the incorrect classification of CTO could lead to significant economic and environmental losses for Europe.
Europe should be pushing for the rapid expansion of its network of biorefineries, to produce European food, fuel and feed, as well as a range of other high-value products that replace fossil fuels, writes Robert Wright.