The conference ‘The Role of Biofuels in achieving the EU’s Climate Goals for 2030 and beyond’ provided the opportunity for a vivid debate about the most recent developments in renewable energy sources for the transport sector, the role of advanced biofuels, and with particular attention to ILUC (Indirect Land Use Change). Participants discussed the role of first generation and advanced biofuels, in relation to reaching the EU’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, as well as the contribution these alternative fuels can make towards increasing energy security, maintaining economic growth and competitiveness, along with the promotion of international development. The event was opened with welcoming remarks from Prof. Dr. Friedbert Pflüger (Chief Executive Officer, Pflüger International), and Mr. Janusz Luks (Chief Executive Officer, CEEP), followed by the keynote speech of Mr. Herbert Reul, MEP. Mr. Reul described how the perspective on first generation biofuels has been rapidly changing over the last few years, and what the consequences of this have been adversely affecting investment security and businesses all over Europe. He underlined that it is a politician’s duty to find a balance between various interests, as well as implement policies that promote progress and innovation through flexibility. In this context, Mr. Reul welcomed the decision to appoint a single commissioner for energy and the climate, and pointed out that we should not allow our climate policy to dominate other areas, such as security of supply or affordability – not least because of the crisis in Ukraine. He also noted that under these circumstances, fulfilling ambitious European goals will be very expensive and cannot happen without biofuels. Mr. Andreas Pilzecker (Policy [...]
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