EU target for food-based biofuels to be removed, but not until 2030

July 2018 The revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) requires the phasing out of high-emitting biofuels such as those derived from palm oil, but the EU needs to come up with a methodology by February 2019 to make the phase-out operational. However, palm oil biofuel will still count towards the EU’s green energy targets until 2030.

Since the introduction of the current RED in 2009, palm oil used to make biofuel has increased from 825,000 tonnes in 2008 to 3.9 million tonnes in 2017, with over half of all palm oil used in Europe being burned by diesel cars and trucks. Of all biodiesel, palm oil diesel is the cheapest and has the highest greenhouse gas emissions – three times the emissions of fossil diesel – because palm expansion drives deforestation most notably in Southeast Asia.

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