What we do

T&E is working to reverse EU policy that increased demand for food-based biofuels in transport – driving deforestation and releasing carbon emissions.

  • How to ensure the sustainability of electrofuels

    Hydrogen and other electrofuels like ammonia or ekerosene are vital for supplying zero-emission fuels to long-distance transport sectors like shipping and aviation. By the end of 2021, the EU will decide on new rules for the production of hydrogen and other electrofuels, the so-called Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin. However, hydrogen produced via electrolysis is only as clean as the electricity used to produce it. This briefing details the key elements that should be introduced under the Renewable Energy Directive for these Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin. Their climate impacts are addressed, as well as their impact on land and water. The impacts are not only relevant in the EU, but also in countries who could export these electrofuels to the EU.

    January 19, 2021 - 15:21
  • Is soy the new palm oil?

    There is vast evidence about deforestation and land-use change linked to the cultivation of soy in several parts of Latin America. Based on the most recent estimates, soy biodiesel is the second biggest GHG emitter, after palm oil biodiesel. Now that the use of palm biodiesel is expected to decline due to a revision of the EU Renewable Energy Directive, there is a risk that the gap left in the EU biofuels market will be filled up with soy. T&E commissioned this study and the findings suggests that there may be a higher expansion of soy into high carbon-stock areas compared to what was previously estimated.

    November 8, 2020 - 23:55
  • T&E’s response to roadmap consultation on the inception impact assessment for the Revision of Directive (EU) 2018/2001 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources

    In the context of the EU Green Deal, T&E welcomes the Commission’s intention to revise the Renewable Energy Directive and, in particular, its transport aspects. While we acknowledge that the adopted REDII is a step in the right direction concerning renewable transport fuels, we consider there are risky loopholes and lack of ambition in several aspects, for instance, the fact that food and feed based biofuels can still be used and counted towards the targets.

    September 25, 2020 - 09:56
  • #Together4forests

    All across the world, forests, savannahs and grasslands  are in crisis – activities related to forestry and other land use — primarily deforestation — were responsible for 12% of greenhouse gas emissions, which makes them the second major cause of climate change after the burning of fossil fuels. As a major consumer trading bloc and financial player, the EU has the power and the duty to take urgent action.

    September 10, 2020 - 12:27
  • More palm oil and rapeseed oil in our tanks than on our plates

    Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) which has, since 2009, promote the use of renewables in transport with the aim of contributing to the decarbonisation of the economy. However, due to poor sustainability criteria, the RED has pushed the use of food- and feed-based biofuels, dspecially vegetable oil biodiesel based on oils such as palm and rapeseed. These however do not contribute to climate change mitigation as they – directly and indirectly - lead to deforestation and peatland drainage.

    July 2, 2020 - 16:46
  • RED II and advanced biofuels

    The Renewable Energy Directive limits the share of unsustainable crop based biofuels and promotes certain types of biofuels produced from a list of materials defined in its Annex IX. This list is the basis for member states to define the different levels of support to different types of biofuels under their national framework. Whereas the list was intended to include only sustainable waste and residues for biofuels production, it actually includes some unsustainable feedstocks. This briefing assesses the raw materials in the Annex IX, highlights the limitations of the RED sustainability rules and proposes a way forward to ensure that the most sustainable options are supported by national policies and eventually at EU level.

    May 28, 2020 - 10:58
  • Introducing E10 to petrol

    This short paper summarises T&E’s views on the questions posed by the UK government's consultation, Introducing E10 to Petrol. The proposed policy to increase the blending limit on ethanol and potentially raise biofuels targets are extremely retrograde. T&E recommends E10 not be introduced as proposed during 2021. Any future changes after this date should only proceed with appropriate sustainability safeguards and as part of a wider review of biofuels and bioenergy policy as part of the decarbonising transport strategy.

    May 5, 2020 - 11:11
  • Understanding the indirect land use change analysis for Corsia

    This new report looks in detail at the assumptions and criteria used to determine the "indirect land use change" of biofuels under the UN's carbon offsets scheme for aviation emissions (known as Corsia). The report, commissioned by T&E from consultancy Cerulogy, reveals several biases in the choice of some crucial modelling assumptions and in the decision on the final ILUC numbers. This explains some of the big differences that can be seen for some feedstocks, such as soy and palm oil, especially compared to the Globiom analysis of 2016.

    February 3, 2020 - 16:08