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European Bioeconomy Alliance comments on European Climate Law Roadmap

13 February, 2020

The European Bioeconomy Alliance, representing 12 leading European organisations in various sectors active in the bioeconomy including ePURE, responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on the roadmap of the forthcoming EU Climate Law. The transition to a circular bioeconomy is a major opportunity to create competitive advantages for Europe and, as the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy underlines “[a] sustainable European bioeconomy is necessary to build a carbon neutral future in line with the Climate objectives of the Paris Agreement”.

Joint Declaration for Legal Consistency of the EU Alternative Fuels Definition

14 January, 2020

ePURE joined Liquid Gas Europe, the European Biodiesel Board, UPEI and ACEA in publishing a joint declaration urging the European Commission to maintain its current definition of alternative fuels in the upcoming review of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive.

ePURE position on the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement

23 October, 2019

ePURE, representing the European producers of renewable ethanol, believes that the agreed concession granted to Mercosur in the form of a Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) for ethanol remains disproportional as:

  • the EU ethanol market has not grown significantly to allow the absorption of such volumes which
    correspond to close to 12% of the entire market
  • it risks seriously disrupting the EU ethanol market for all end-uses
  • unlike the EU, Brazil has a remarkable ability to protect and support its industry and farmers
  • the agreement ignores that renewable ethanol is positive for Europe if produced domestically

ePURE position on the EU's 2050 Strategy – ‘A Clean Planet for all’

26 February, 2019

ePURE is committed to a carbon neutral Europe by mid-century. The European ethanol industry has a proven track record in delivering innovative and decarbonising solutions and will further contribute through technology improvements. We welcome that the Commission acknowledges that transport needs to be decarbonised and the important role of advanced biofuels to achieving Europe’s long-term climate goals. In fact, all sustainable low carbon fuels including both crop-based and advanced ethanol have a critical role to play to reach carbon neutrality. As the IEA and IRENA recently highlighted, sustainable biofuels are essential to meet the Paris Agreement. It is therefore crucial that the EU long-term strategy addresses how to effectively increase their share in the transport energy mix.

Joint statement from COP24: E10 ethanol needed for immediate climate progress in transport

14 December, 2018

ePURE joins global ethanol industry groups in calling for urgent roll out of E10 and higher blend ethanol fuel to help address crisis in transport sector carbon emissions.

Post-2020 CO2 targets for light duty vehicles – ePURE position for trilogue negotiations

29 October, 2018

Sustainable low-carbon liquid fuels like renewable ethanol are essential to achieving the emissions reduction goals of the EU’s Clean Mobility Package. They represent an immediate, cost-effective solution to decarbonising transport with existing infrastructure and internal combustion engines that will still be prevalent on the road in the coming decades, even when considering the most ambitious scenarios for the
uptake of electric vehicles.

Trilogue negotiators have a unique opportunity to adopt a realistic approach to clean mobility by:

  • Moving progressively towards a full life-cycle analysis approach to counting emissions
  • Incentivising sustainable low-carbon renewable fuels

Joint letter to Council on need for mandate for 1G biofuels

30 May, 2018

Ahead of the next negotiating round on the post-2020 Renewable Energy Directive, the EU Biofuel Chain reiterates the importance of finding an agreement among the institutions based on the structure proposed by the Council’s Presidency in its latest proposal, which foresees the inclusion of conventional biofuels in transport’s incorporation obligations on fossil fuel suppliers under Article 25. While supportive of the advanced generation of biofuels, the EU Biofuel Chain warns against the risk associated with any reduction of the share of conventional biofuels to make room for future technologies. Advanced biofuels are not meant to replace the conventional generation of biofuels but should contribute to the decarbonisation of the transport sector in addition to the existing ones.

Joint letter to EU negotiators on the Renewable Energy Directive

15 May, 2018

Ahead of the RED II trilogue negotiations on 17 May, ePURE joins a group of five associations in calling for a stable, long-term biofuels policy. Guaranteeing existing and future investments in the biofuel sector and ensuring greater consistency between the different EU policy areas will ensure that the strategy’s ambitious climate and energy objectives can be put into actual practice in the period after 2020. To this end, and to ensure an ambitious share of renewables in transport, we endorse an ambitious 35% target for renewables coupled with a minimum transport incorporation obligation of 14% for all renewable sources, without technological restrictions. This level should build on the existing 10% target for 2020 and follow an increasing linear trajectory until 2030, without being artificially boosted by multipliers for renewable electricity.

ePURE position on the European Commission's proposed CO2 for Cars Regulation

27 March, 2018

As the process of deciding on post-2020 light vehicles CO2 standards begins, ePURE calls on the co-legislators to consider the following key policy recommendations as part of the Clean Mobility Package:

  • adopting a technology neutral approach to realistically decarbonise EU transport sector
  • ensuring policy continuity and consistency
  • promoting conventional fuels improvements and the deployment of low-carbon liquid fuels


ePURE position ahead of trilogue negotiations for a Renewable Energy Directive Post-2020

19 February, 2018

Ahead of trilogue negotiations on the Renewable Energy Directive for 2020-2030, ePURE – representing European producers of renewable ethanol from conventional and advanced feedstock – calls on negotiators to create an ambitious framework for increasing the share of renewable energy in transport, consisting of:

  • a firm minimum 12% RES-T target, without multipliers, to which crop-based biofuels can contribute
  • a stable 7% crop cap – any reduction should not penalize biofuels with high GHG savings
  • a binding sub-target for Annex IX-A advanced biofuels – as per the Commission proposal

Biofuels Chain: Joint letter to EU ministers on RED II compromise proposal

07 December, 2017

Ahead of the 18 December meeting of the EU's Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council to discuss the Presidency compromise proposal on the EU Renewable Energy Directive post-2020 (RED II), the EU's Biofuels Chain has written ministers and called for the Council to increase the proposal's ambition for renewables in transport to at least 15%. "This is in line with the Commission’s own RED II impact assessment," the letter states, "and this requirement should include crop-based biofuels, the main contributor to today’s decarbonisation in the transport sector."

Biofuels Value Chain: Views on RED II Council Presidency compromise proposal

22 November, 2017

EU Biofuels Chain views on the Presidency compromise proposal on RED II. 

Biofuels Value Chain: Joint letter to TRAN and ENVI political coordinators regarding TRAN opinion on RED II

16 October, 2017

Letter from associations representing the Biofuels Value Chain in Europe call on the European Parliament's TRAN and ENVI committees to give enough time for proper consideration of their RED II opinions.

Policy briefing: Renewable Energy Directive (REDII)

25 April, 2017

With its revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) the European Commission wants to phase out conventional biofuel use in Europe – a proposal that threatens to remove ethanol — one of the EU’s best options for reducing greenhouse gases and decarbonising transport. The measure would reduce the maximum contribution of conventional biofuels, such as ethanol made from corn, wheat and sugar beet grown in Europe, from a maximum of 7% of road transport energy in 2021 to 3.8% in 2030. 

Policy Briefing: REDII - Taking a look at the REDII Impact Assessment

29 March, 2017

With its revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) the European Commission wants to phase out all conventional biofuels in the EU. But in making its proposal the Commission has ignored many of its own guidelines for Impact Assessments, including on evidence-based policy making and the proportionality of its policy choices. The Commission provides no scientific evidence or rational arguments to justify the proposed end of policy support for sustainable conventional ethanol post-2020 – a move that would severely restrict biofuels’ contribution towards renewable energy targets.

Biofuels Value Chain - Key Principles for the REDII

27 February, 2017

EU Biofuels Value Chain: Key principles for the discussion on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II).

ePURE’s position on the European Commission proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive

24 February, 2017

Decarbonising the EU transport sector requires concrete and realistic policies. The European Commission’s proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive does not deliver in this regard. Post-2020, an effective policy requires increased energy efficiency and the gradual reduction in carbon intensity of all fuels put on the market. But the latter, one of the most cost-effective solutions for carbon abatement, was not retained in the Commission’s proposal, for the sole and incorrect reason that only one Member State has implemented it. Increasing the level of ambition for renewables in transport and continuing the approach of the Fuel Quality Directive (Art. 7a) beyond 2020 is crucial and in line with the European Council conclusions of October 2014.

Renewable ethanol drives EU decarbonisation. Why turn back now?

26 January, 2017

With its new revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) the European Commission wants to phase out conventional biofuel use in Europe – a proposal that threatens to remove one of the EU’s best options for reducing greenhouse gases and decarbonising transport. The measure would reduce the maximum contribution of conventional biofuels, such as ethanol made from corn, wheat and sugar beet grown in Europe, from a maximum of 7% of road transport energy in 2021 to 3.8% in 2030.

Letter to Council on Commission’s proposed phase out of conventional biofuels

05 December, 2016

Ahead of the Council’s orientation debate on the proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive, the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE), representing both conventional and advanced ethanol producers in Europe, calls on Member States to question the direction and rationale of the Commission’s proposal – which would reduce EU conventional biofuels from a maximum share of 7% of transport energy in 2021 to 3.8% in 2030.

Joint industry letter on phasing out conventional ethanol

10 November, 2016

The European Association of Sugar Manufacturers (CEFS), the European Confederation of Maize Production (CEPM), the International Confederation of European Beet Growers (CIBE) and the European renewable ethanol producers association (ePURE) have issued a joint letter to the European Commission strongly opposing any phasing out of EU support for conventional biofuels produced in Europe from crops and feedstock that have been grown in Europe.

ePURE's views on the European Commission's Communication ‘A European Strategy for Low-Emissions Mobility’ and the preparation of the ‘Renewable Energy Package’

04 October, 2016

ePURE has adopted its position in relation to the 20 July Communication on Low-Emissions Mobility and the preparation of the Renewable Energy Package.

ePURE's Roadmap to 2030 - The role of ethanol in decarbonising Europe’s road transport

16 June, 2016

For the post-2020 period, the EU must propose clear, consistent and binding measures that increase the climate performance of transport fuels, while decreasing the over-reliance on diesel and include incentives for the deployment of sustainable low carbon fuel technologies, including both conventional and cellulosic ethanol. The recommendations outlined in this Roadmap should be considered in the context of a number of industry wide issues that need to be addressed in policy formation.

Roadmap to 2030: Issues impacting the EU transport fuel market

16 June, 2016

After 2020, a binding policy framework to decarbonise transport is crucial to meeting EU 2030 climate ambitions.

Roadmap to 2030: Sustainability of biofuels

16 June, 2016

After 2020, EU sustainability certification must incentivise better performance and seek to minimise the risks of adverse effects.

Roadmap to 2030: Transport fuel emissions reduction

16 June, 2016

After 2020, the 2030 policy framework for transport decarbonisation needs to incentivise the continuous decrease of transport fuels’ carbon intensity.

Roadmap to 2030: Advanced biofuels

16 June, 2016

After 2020, advanced biofuels require a ramping up, long-term mandate to deploy.

Roadmap to 2030: Fuel specifications

16 June, 2016

After 2020, the EU should introduce incentives and fuel specifications for higher biofuel blends to enable higher GHG reductions.

Briefing: On the road to 2030 – Decarbonising Europe’s road transport sector

01 June, 2016

2016 is a crucial year for the future of European transport with the European Commission due to publish its Communication on decarbonising transport this summer. In this briefing we explain why and how the Commission should present a clear set of policy ideas and measures that will reduce EU transport’s carbon footprint.

ePURE responds to the Commission’s public consultation on a sustainable policy for bioenergy post 2020

10 May, 2016

ePURE has submitted its response to the ongoing public consultation on the sustainability of bioenergy. The consultation, which ran until 10 May, will guide the European Commission in its preparation of an updated policy on the sustainability of bioenergy and biofuels for the period 2020-2030, as part of the EU renewable energy legislative proposal(s) due by end of 2016.

European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) position paper on Circular Economy

31 March, 2016

Following the publication by the European Commission of its “Communication Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy” in December 2015, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) believes that Europe now needs to implement an ambitious circular economy strategy, which provides clear, long-term policy signals, measures and incentives in order to engage stakeholders in the creation of smarter and more sustainable products, processes and partnerships. To further enable the circular bioeconomy the EUBA has adopted a position paper calling for the implementation of concrete measures and long-term support to foster investments, facilitate the access to sustainable feedstocks as well as specific market creation measures.

ePURE’s position on EU trade negotiations with Mercosur

30 March, 2016

Trade policy should go hand-in-hand with domestic policy choices and market realities. The EU’s approach to ethanol in trade negotiations therefore requires a fundamental review. ePURE has always favoured the exclusion of ethanol from trade negotiations with Mercosur. This position is fully justified and has been continuously reinforced by the developments of the EU energy and climate policy since 2004. However, should exclusion not be attainable, a substantial reduction of the EU’s initial market access offer to Mercosur is paramount.

ePURE’s view on the European Parliament's own initiative report on the 2015 Renewable Energy Progress Report

21 March, 2016

In light of the preparation of the European Parliament’s own initiative report on the Commission’s Renewable Energy Progress Report, the European renewable ethanol industry association (ePURE), representing the European renewable ethanol producers, from both conventional and advanced feedstocks, calls on the Parliament to recognise the role of European ethanol in achieving the Renewable Energy Directive’s (RED) 10% sub-target for the use of renewable energy sources in transport (RES-T). Increasing the use of European ethanol in transport can be done in a sustainable and effective manner, enabling the EU to meet its 2020 targets and put it on track towards its 2030 objective of at least 27% RES and a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

ePURE's views on the promotion of emissions reduction and renewable energy sources in transport post-2020

10 February, 2016

ePURE’s input into the Commission Consultation for the “Preparation of a new renewable energy directive for the period after 2020” and our views on the promotion of emissions reduction and renewable energy sources in transport post-2020

Global biofuels industry resolution ahead of COP21

14 December, 2015

The global biofuels and industrial biotechnology sectors have united to call on world leaders attending the COP21 in Paris to support a global commitment to replace at least 15% of the world’s total oil use in transport with sustainable biofuels by 2030, with a significant presence of advanced biofuels.

Briefing: The diesel emissions scandal at a glance

20 October, 2015

At the centre of global policy and media debate is the current diesel emissions testing scandal but Europe’s push towards diesel has been of growing concern long before the scandal, given diesel’s negative impacts on air pollution and issues related to imbalances in Europe’s fuel market. Given that 75% of the world’s diesel cars are on European roads, diesel emissions are extremely problematic for Europe and require policy attention. Now is the time to refocus debate on the need for cleaner fuels in Europe’s transport fuel mix.

ePURE’s input into the Evaluation of the Fuel Quality Directive

24 September, 2015

ePURE's reply to the European Commission's public consultation on its evaluation of the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD).

Manifesto from the 5th International Conference for Lignocellulosic Ethanol (ICLE5)

15 September, 2015

Key advanced biofuels players in the sector gathered at the 5th International Conference for Lignocellulosic Ethanol (ICLE5), held in Brussels (Sept 15-17, 2015), and developed the following manifesto as a call to action in support for advanced biofuels at EU level.

ePURE responds to Commission's consultation on the Functioning of Waste Markets

31 August, 2015

ePURE has participated in the consultation on the functioning of the waste market to highlight the perverse effects of the Renewable Energy Directive’s double counting of ‘used cooking oil’, that incentivises the generation of more waste and imports of the feedstock.

ePURE responds to European Commission's circular economy consultation

20 August, 2015

In its response to the public consultation organised by the European Commission as input into its circular economy strategy, due by end of 2015, ePURE argues that biobased products in general should be promoted as a renewable and sustainable alternative to fossil-based materials and products.

ePURE’s input into the public consultation on the circular economy

20 August, 2015

ePURE's response to the European Commission's public consultation on the Circular Economy.

ePURE’s position paper (and Q&A) on ILUC 2nd reading trialogues

11 March, 2015

ePURE has proposed a comprehensive and balanced solution to the RED-FQD reform which would secure existing investments in sustainable conventional renewable ethanol and is consistent with "EU Smart regulation", whilst incentivising the commercialization of advanced ethanol by and post-2020.

ePURE’s position paper (and Q&A) on ILUC 2nd reading

10 December, 2014

ePURE's position paper on the 2nd reading of the European Commission's Proposal COM(2012)595 for a Directive amending the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) and the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (RED).

ePURE’s position paper on FQD Art.7a Implementation Proposal

18 November, 2014

ePURE’s position paper on the Commission's proposal COM(2014)617 for a Council Directive on laying down the calculation methods and reporting requirements pursuant to Directive 98/70/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels (FQD).

ePURE's input into the Commission's consultation on the 2030 climate and energy framework

02 July, 2013

ePURE’s contribution to the public consultation on the Green Paper on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies.

ePURE Position Paper on alternative fuel infrastructure

18 March, 2013

ePURE's position paper on the European Commission's proposal COM(2013)18 for a Directive on the Deployment of Alternative  Fuels  Infrastructure.