T&E welcomes the news that the European Commission is taking a firststep towards resolving the negative impacts of biofuels from foodcrops, but urges commissioners to go further by addressing theseimpacts via all relevant legislation.
T&E’s French member organisation FNE has started a campaign showing that fine particle emissions from diesel engines can have deadly consequences for human health and the environment.
Airlines have told the Commission that making the use of biofuels in aviation obligatory would harm their competitiveness.
The Commission has denied that changes to the EU Fuel Quality Directive will breach World Trade Organisation rules.
Efforts to tackle air pollution from shipping have been boosted by an agreement that is expected to reduce by 85% the sulphur content of fuel used by ships in EU waters by 2020.
This briefing gives an overview of reducing transport fuel emissions within the EU's fuel quality directive. In particular it examines the importance of giving high carbon sources such as tar sands and coal-to-liquid higher carbon values.
Two EU laws adopted in 2009 promote the use of biofuels in the EU, ostensibly for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector. However, both the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) could lead to higher, not lower greenhouse gas emissions unless the issue of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC)