On 26 May 2021, 233 industry associations, companies and scientists, including Sustainable Fuels sent a joint letter which calls upon the European Commission to include a voluntary crediting system for sustainable renewable fuels into the vehicle CO2 regulations to Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Commissioner for Transport Adina-Ioana Vălean, Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton, Director General Mauro Petriccione, Director General Henrik Hololei, Director General Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director General Kerstin Jorna,.
The current EU fleet target regulation focuses on tailpipe emissions, in a “tank-to-wheel” approach, and does not consider renewable fuels, which would be needed to ensure the shift to carbon neutral mobility. The EU’s overall climate goals can be achieved faster and with greater certainty using sustainable renewable fuels as an additional path to reduce CO2 emissions from the EU vehicle fleet.
Frontier Economics proposes a voluntary crediting system that would allow automotive manufacturers (OEMs) to partially benefit from the use of sustainable renewable fuels for compliance with their targets. The system avoids double counting of OEMs’ and fuel suppliers’ CO2 emission reduction efforts and provides more coordination along the value chain. As a result, CO2 emissions from transport would be lowered along the value chain from well to wheel.
The signatories of this joint letter highlighted that sustainable renewable fuels are meant to complement and not lessen the EU’s efforts on electrification during the transition to zero-emission mobility.
A full letter is available here: https://bit.ly/3oTi2VP