CT5 - 2nd Plenary Meeting in Zagreb
Highlights Core Theme 5: RES in Transport
Headline 1: RES-T 2020 Target
CT5 participants discussed the progress Member States have made in reaching the 2020 target for 10% RES in transport as well as feedstocks and renewable fuels currently in use in the Member States and main policies. The UK implementation of the ILUC Directive was presented as a case study. It was stressed that policies must have built-in flexibility to handle several uncertainties regarding waste availability, technological developments and carbon budget requirements, while guaranteeing minimum levels of deployment of low-carbon fuels.
Headline 2: Advanced Biofuels – Feedstock Availability and Technology
The discussions turned to the topic of advanced biofuels, in particular to feedstock availability and updates on technology developments. Recent findings from studies conducted, on the sustainable availability of waste and residual advanced biofuel feedstocks were presented. Some Annex IX part A feedstocks have indirect greenhouse gas emissions, but the total EU potential for using wastes and residues is still high. Agricultural residues present the largest potentially sustainable available resource, but technical potentials will be limited by economics of collection. It was highlighted that the technologies for the production of advanced biofuels exist, but that further support is needed to support sector growth..
Headline 3: Advanced Biofuels – Projects and Investment
In the second CT5 parallel session on advanced biofuels, the challenges advanced biofuels projects face were presented, including regulatory, technical, logistical and financial barriers to the deployment of advanced biofuels. Participants then discussed feedstocks, fuels and challenges. During the discussions, participants emphasized that lower barriers to private-public partnerships, enlarged finance & credit schemes and clear long-term policy frameworks that diminish uncertainty are needed to promote the development of the advanced biofuel industry.