Recently the EU Commission presented the ‘Fit for 55’ climate package. It contains legislative initiatives by which the Commission wants to achieve the objectives of the Green Agreement. An important point for the car industry is that CO2 emissions from new cars will be reduced to zero by 2035, which means the end of petrol and diesel.
In Belgium, members of the Union for renewable and low-carbon liquid fuels in the publication of the following joint call for action on the Fit for 55 package recently published by the European Commission.
The European Commission’s Fit for 55 package promises a bold new era in the fight against climate change, with proposed regulations that would allow a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 and put the EU on course to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Although the destination is clear, the Commission’s legislative road to achieving it is less. The European Union’s “Fit for 55” package is expected to continue to degrade or even ignore how important renewable and low-carbon liquid fuels can be today, tomorrow and throughout this transition. But it is not too late for the Commission to seize the opportunity to develop these proven solutions.
Members of the Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Association, for renewable and low-carbon liquid fuels – representing major clubs operating in the EU liquid fuel value chain, from raw material and fuel production to storage, supply and distribution – are committed to working together to help carbonise the engine sector sustainably , accessible and socially exclusion-free way.
Representatives of Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels point out that “The EU should adopt a technologically neutral approach that makes the best use of available options with proven emission reduction credentials, including farmed bio-fuels that meet strict sustainability criteria.”
Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels will continue to contribute to the decarbonisation of all modes of transport, in road transport. They strategically complement electrification that is capable of reducing emissions from the current fleet of internal combustion engine vehicles and renewable fuels, in air and sea transport where they can be a lasting solution on an increasing international scale.
However, many environmental organizations have spoken out against what the Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Association claims, arguing that focusing on bio-fuels will delay the transition to zero-emission vehicles.