The Renewable Energy Directive (RED) adopted in 2009 and revised in 2018 aims at increasing the use of renewable energy in the EU. RED sets out biofuels sustainability criteria for all biofuels, whether produced or consumed in Europe.
The Directive sets default values for MTBE, ETBE and TAEE. These values are based on the assumption that fuel ethers are only partly produced by using biofuels. The new developments in production pathways enable the production of 100% bio-ethers, which is not yet reflected in default values and needs to be calculated on a case by case basis.
As part of RED, the industry can demonstrate their compliance with the sustainability criteria through a national system or through voluntary schemes recognized by the European Commission. The fuel ethers industry is committed to adhering to the highest sustainability principles. Fuel ethers are fully compliant with certification schemes such as International Sustainability and Carbon Certification, ISCC, that represent the highest global standards with regards to sustainability. Our industry is committed to providing bio-ethers to be blended into the most environmentally, socially, and economically-sustainable biofuels.
Fuel ethers are excellent blending components for quality biofuels that:
- Reduce CO2 emissions, starting at the production level, covering the entire life cycle of the fuel
- Improve air quality by reducing vehicle emissions
Fuel ethers are a necessary part of the solution to meeting the EU Renewable and Fuel Quality objectives.They contribute significantly to:
- Improving the quality of the air that we breathe
- Providing cleaner energy for road transport
- Increasing environmentally friendly security of supply
Fuel ethers can help the EU reach its 2020 and 2030 climate and energy policy goals.