EU farmer and agri-cooperative associations, Copa and Cogeca, have urged the EU to maintain the 7% share of crop-based biofuels used in transport until 2030.

“Ahead of trilogue talks between the EU institutions on the EU’s renewable energy plans, we call for a stable long-term policy to maximise the potential of crop-based biofuels to decarbonise the transport sector,” the two bodies said on 26 March.

“The EU will need to rely on crop-based biofuels post 2020 in order to meet the EU’s ambitious climate and energy targets and to ensure greenhouse gas savings from the transport sector,” added Copa and Cogeca secretary general Pekka Pesonen.

“We need real blending rates that ensure renewables replace fossil fuels, not a policy that uses artificial multipliers to inflate the results and give the impression of success whilst increasing the EU’s dependence on fossil fuels.”

Outlining key points needed for a successful policy, Pesonen urged the EU to maintain at 7% until 2030 the maximum share for crop-based biofuels used in transport.

“There also needs to be a binding blending obligation on fuel suppliers of at least 14%, without technological restrictions.”

Copa and Cogeca called for the removal of all multipliers that gave a misleading picture of the real environmental impact of renewable electricity in transport.

They added that palm oil and its derivatives should be rejected as long as sustainability problems, such as deforestation in origin countries, remained unresolved.

The European Parliament, European Commission and Council of Ministers are conducting negotiations in spring to reform the EU’s renewable energy directive (RED).

The reforms are to ensure the RED meshes with the EU’s broader new green energy target of ensuring that renewable sources supply at least 27% of energy consumed by 2030.