Resources & Statistics


Europe’s Clean Mobility Outlook: Scenarios for the EU light-duty vehicle fleet, associated energy needs and emissions, 2020-2050

12 July, 2018

The new study, “Europe’s Clean Mobility Outlook: Scenarios for the EU light-duty vehicle fleet, associated energy needs and emissions, 2020-2050”, was carried out by independent consultancy firm Ricardo Energy & Environment. It found that use of low-carbon fuels like renewable EU ethanol could provide additional GHG reductions that would otherwise not be achieved and could also mitigate for potential uncertainty in longer-term GHG intensity of electricity. The report examined three possible scenarios for the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe. Even under the most ambitious scenario, EVs would make up 15.7% of the EU passenger car fleet and 40% of new passenger car sales in 2030. Importantly, the study also looked at the related direct and Well-To-Wheels GHG emissions of these different scenarios depending on the amount of low-carbon fuels in the energy mix.

Activity Report 2017-2018

02 July, 2018

ePURE's Annual Activity Report 2017-2018 in pdf format.

Updated for 2018: Overview of biofuel policies and markets across the EU-28

29 June, 2018

This new report from ePURE provides a detailed overview of the current national biofuel policies across the EU 28 Member States, with a focus on the national policy frameworks regulating biofuels, in particular the implementation of the RED and FQD as amended by the ILUC Directive, and relevant national fuels (including biofuels) and vehicles market data.

Activity Report 2016-2017 (ePURE)

31 May, 2017

ePURE's Annual Activity Report 2016-2017 in pdf format.

Sustainable Rural Renaissance: The Case of a Biorefinery

08 May, 2017

A study conducted by the Regional and Economic Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences focused on Pannonia Ethanol, a company which is located in Dunaföldvár in Hungary and produces fuel ethanol and animal feed. The Pannonia Ethanol biorefinery produces 500 million litres of ethanol per year. and its value amounts to €181 million, representing almost 10% of the total capital investment in Hungary in 2010 and nearly 1% of all capital investment in the country between 2011 and 2015. The study found the company has brought an added value to the local rural development, ranging from employment to everyday farming and a halt to “brain drain”.

Poll: Europeans want EU policy to promote crop-based biofuels

23 January, 2017

Europeans overwhelmingly support the use of conventional biofuels made from crops and believe EU policy should encourage it, according to an EU-wide opinion survey released today. More than 69 percent of Europeans surveyed say conventional biofuels should be encouraged, while just 15 percent think they should not, according to the EuroPulse poll of 11,283 respondents in 28 EU countries. The survey also found that 68 percent of Europeans favour EU policies to support crop-based conventional biofuels, while just 12 percent are against such policies.

Review of the methodology contained in Annex V of the RED and Annex IV of the FQD - Critical review of the JRC proposal (North Energy)

16 September, 2016

This critical review of data in the proposal of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) for updating typical and default data in the European Commission’s (EC’s) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) was prepared for the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE). The context of this critical review is provided by summarising the background to relevant aspects of the RED and FQD.  The aims and objectives of conducting the critical review of the JRC proposal as a whole and assessing its suitability for regulatory purposes are established. The review was completed in 2014.

Review of the methodology contained in Annex V of the RED and Annex IV of the FQD - Critical review of currrent and proposed typical/default values (North Energy)

16 September, 2016

This critical review of existing and proposed typical/default values for evaluating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for current bioethanol pathways in the European Commission’s (EC’s) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) was prepared for the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE).  The review was conducted in relation to the Joint Research Centre (JRC) proposal for updating typical/default values. The review was completed in 2014.

Review of the methodology contained in Annex V of the RED and Annex IV of the FQD - Critical comparison of calculation methodologies (North Energy)

16 September, 2016

This critical comparison of the methodologies used to calculate actual values and to derive existing and proposed default values for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with biofuels and bioliquids under the European Commission’s (EC’s) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) was prepared for the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE). The review was completed in 2014.

Low carbon biofuels for the UK (ECOFYS)

01 September, 2016

About 23% of the total 2013 greenhouse gas emissions in the UK originated from the transport sector, in which road transport had the majority share. Therefore, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from this sector is important for combating climate change. One of the options is to use sustainable and renewable transport fuels, such as biofuels produced from crops and waste streams. The UK today relies for a considerable part on Used Cooking Oil (UCO) based biodiesel (UCOME). The Department for Transport is considering further increasing the role of these double counting biofuels, and to decrease the role of crop based biofuels by introducing lower crop caps than the 7% that has been agreed by the EU. This effectively limits the overall deployment of renewable energy in the UK transport sector. A direct consequence of this policy would be that much less fossil fuels will be displaced by renewable energy sources. Of equal importance is the conclusion that lower crop caps do not lead to more climate savings, what seems to be the goal of DfT policy, but rather to less direct savings and to an increased risk for indirect (ILUC) emissions.

SULTAN modelling to explore the potential contribution of bioethanol to EU transport GHG reduction in 2030 (Ricardo)

13 July, 2016

A new study by renowned global consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment has found that the higher use of ethanol in Europe would contribute to a 14.1% GHG emission reduction in European transport, even after possible land use change (ILUC) emissions have been taken into account.

Overview of the biofuel policies and markets across the EU-28 (ePURE)

17 June, 2016

This report by ePURE seeks to provide a detailed overview of the various national biofuels policies of EU Member States with a particular focus on the current national transposition and implementation status of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) and the provision of key relevant market data per Member State. The Member States profiles have been split into two sections: 1/ national policy framework and 2/ national fuel and biofuel market. We have strived to provide as many references and sources to the information that has been provided in this report. All underlined text in the report contains a web-link there you can access directly the relevant legislation or information source.

Activity Report 2015-2016 (ePURE)

15 June, 2016

ePURE's Annual Activity Report 2015-2016 in pdf format.

Policy scenarios for transport under the 2030 Energy and Climate framework (E4Tech)

25 February, 2016

European transport decarbonisation policy in the period from 2020 to 2030 is still under discussion, and has been the subject of much debate. This report by E4Tech explores what different possible transport policy scenarios could achieve in terms of their contribution to policy goals, such as greenhouse gas (GHG) savings and renewable energy penetration.

How Renewable Ethanol Can Be Produced Sustainably

06 December, 2015

This short booklet contains a collection of the most recent and compelling research that explores the role renewable ethanol can play in Europe when produced sustainably. The reports summarised here find that concerns over land use can be mitigated, and that there will be enough available biomass to cater for the increased use of renewable ethanol and to feed a growing population.

Green House Gas (GHG) Emission Reductions from World Biofuel Production and Use for 2015

06 December, 2015

Today, at the World Climate Summit under way in Paris, France, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) in cooperation with (S&T)2 Consultants Inc., an internationally renowned energy and environmental consulting firm, released a new report “Green House Gas (GHG) Emission Reductions from World Biofuel Production and Use for 2015”. The report found that year after year the reduction in global GHG emissions from global ethanol production and use is increasing. The total GHG emission reductions forecast for 2014 is 169 million tonnes CO2 equivalent, which is bigger than the total GHG emissions in 28 Annex 1 countries.

Low carbon transport fuels

24 September, 2015

For the first time ever, eleven leading low carbon fuel companies from around the world have joined forces to publish a comprehensive guide of sustainable fuel technologies available today that can drive down emissions in the transport sector.

High ethanol blends - fuel ethanol demand-supply scenarios 2017-2035

15 July, 2015

A new study has presented scenarios which show that potential ethanol supply far exceeds potential demand in 2035 for an E20 or E25 ethanol blend in Europe. These scenarios are based on the technical potential for ethanol demand and supply rather than applying the equilibrium approaches of economic models. The results show that the EU and the Rest of World have the technical capacity to be self-sufficient in food and livestock feed as well as feedstock crops for other uses than ethanol.

European Renewable Ethanol: State of the Industry Report 2015

16 June, 2015

The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) has released its annual 2015 State of the Industry Report. The annual report offers a comprehensive look at the European ethanol industry, its market and policy environment, and is accompanied by a key facts sheet, which presents a concise overview of  industry  data,  and  a  map  of  ethanol  biorefineries  in  Europe.  These  publications  provide  a statistical overview and assessment of the domestic ethanol market, including data on production,consumption, imports, feedstock use and co-products.

ILUC Prevention Strategies for Sustainable Biofuels

13 January, 2015

The production of biofuels may indirectly cause land use changes such as deforestation of tropical rainforests, and lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions. New research by scientists from Utrecht University’s Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development shows that this unwanted land use change can be prevented.

Potential and benefits of carbon abatement by ethanol use in Hungary

15 September, 2014

A study by Hétfa Research Institute has found that renewable ethanol has a significant positive Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction effect and the carbon abatement cost of ethanol is cheaper than the other alternatives in the transport sector.

European Renewable Ethanol: State of the Industry Report 2014

17 June, 2014

ePURE has published its first-ever State of the Industry outlook report highlighting the development of the region’s ethanol industry from its beginnings in 2003 until now. Full of facts and figures from across the various parts of the industry, its producers, products and byproducts, the report looks at where the industry has come from and where it’s going.

Wasted: Europe’s Untapped Resource

26 February, 2014

Europe has a significant untapped potential for converting wastes from farming, forestry, industry and households to advanced low-carbon biofuels, but only if it sets a strong sustainability framework and ambitious decarbonisation targets for transport fuels in 2030, finds a new report entitled “Wasted: Europe’s Untapped Resource.

Element Energy, The Role of Biofuels Beyond 2020

16 September, 2013

Significant reductions in UK road transport CO2 emissions can be achieved by 2030 through blending higher levels of sustainable biofuels into road transport fuels. An Element Energy report published today finds that by 2030, higher levels of biofuels could cut Britain’s annual car CO2 emissions by 27% or 12 million tonnes a year (Mt).

Bringing biofuels on the market

15 July, 2013

The CE Delft/TNO report ‘Bringing biofuels on the market’ provides a "handbook" on biofuels - a comprehensive overview of different types of biofuels, and the technical options that exist to market the biofuels volumes expected to be consumed in the EU Member States in 2020. The study concludes that by fully utilizing the current blending limits of biodiesel (FAME) in diesel (B7) and bioethanol in petrol (E10) up to 7.9% share of biofuels in the EU transport sector can be technically reached by 2020.