How to make the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) work for renewable electricity in transport

In November 2016 the Commission presented its new proposal for a Renewable Energy Directive in the 2021-2030 period. The main elements of the proposal on transport are to reduce the cap on food and feed-based biofuels to 3.8% in 2030 and to establish a mandate on fuel suppliers, requiring them to blend 6.8% of advanced fuels by 2030 (T&E’s position on biofuels in the RED can be found here).

Although the Commission recognises the key role of renewable electricity, the RED II proposal – just like the RED I legislation currently in force – does little to effectively stimulate the use of renewable electricity in transport. Moreover it does not ensure that new renewable electricity capacity is built to fulfil the increased transport electricity demand. This briefing summarises how the REDII could accelerate the use of renewable electricity in transport.