CT5 - 6th Plenary Meeting in Brussels

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Highlights Core Theme 5: RES in Transport

Headline 1: Progress towards 2020 Targets and Implementation of the Revised Renewable Energy Directive

In the first session, CT5 participants were presented with key results from the CT5 survey, including on the progress made towards the 2020 target of 10% renewable energy in transport and policy updates from participating countries. This was followed by presentations from two participants on the introduction of higher blend ethanol (E10, E85) in their countries. As part of the session, the Commission provided an update on recent policy developments, in particular in relation to the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) and responded to questions sent in by participants prior to the session. In the in-depth discussion which followed, participants were given the opportunity to seek clarification on some of the complex new provisions set out in RED II and to discuss the need for further harmonization and coordination. 

Headline 2: Advanced Biofuels

The second session focussed on advanced biofuels and reviewed the progress of advanced projects to date, highlighting key challenges with regards to these projects. The session began with a presentation of the survey results – providing an update on projects in participating countries, feedstocks utilised and target expectations. This was followed by presentations from three external speakers who provided insights into existing technologies and their readiness level, different projects across Europe and the contribution that advanced biofuels can make to transport decarbonisation. Furthermore, external speakers presented ideas on what type of policy measures would be needed to promote advanced biofuel projects. The session concluded with group discussions on experiences in this policy area to discuss successes and failures. The participants of CT5 also had time to discuss innovative policy solutions to de-risk existing challenges.

Headline 3: Sustainability Governance

The third session was divided into two sub-topics, namely RED II and sustainability governance, and sustainability and fraud challenges. The first part of the session focused on updated sustainability requirements for transport fuels under the REDII and the requirement for Member States to monitor certifying bodies. The session included a presentation from a voluntary scheme representative providing insight into some of the implications and challenges that they expect to face as part of the transition to the REDII provisions. This was followed by a Member State presentation setting out how they currently supervise their certification bodies.  In the second part of the session, a Member State provided an update on a recent fraud case and measures under consideration to strengthen fraud prevention. This was followed by presentations from an industry representative and a voluntary scheme on their respective proposals to address such fraud challenges.