Statutory GHG reduction requirement for biofuels increases to 50 percent

January 21, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP sent out a reminder that the increased GHG reduction requirement for biofuels took effect on 1st January 2018 in accordance with the “iLUC Directive” from 2015. In accordance with this, biofuels from cultivated biomass must demonstrate a reduction in greenhouse gases compared to fossil fuels of at least 50 percent to be recognized as meeting national quota specifications or to be considered for tax relief. Previously the statutory specification was only 35 percent.

The union now proceeds on the assumption that all quantities of biofuel require an appropriate GHG certification as evidence. The UFOP notes that France even stipulates a GHG reduction of 60 percent for third-country imports in order to prevent imports of soy methyl ester from Argentina. By contrast, the requirement that applies to imports from EU member states is 50 percent, as per the law notified by the EU commission.

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