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Double Counting, Half Measures: advanced biofuels will not take off with existing support measures

The European Renewable Ethanol Industry, ePURE, together with Novozymes, find the double counting mechanism proposed by the European Commission is ineffective to kick-start the deployment of innovative advanced biofuels. Increasing the weighting of advanced biofuels to quadruple counting towards the target for 10% renewables in transport will not help reducing GHG emissions from transport by 2020. Only a dedicated sub-target will create a stable framework for the deployment of the technology and investments necessary to meet the targets set in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). These findings result from a report commissioned by ePURE and Novozymes, assessing the effectiveness of the double counting as a support for advanced biofuels.