The European Commission (EC) has urged Portugal to ensure its biofuel legislation complies with the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED), saying it contradicts the RED in two respects, reports Ethanol Producer Magazine on 9 May.

In a memo to Portugal, the EC said Portugal is favouring biofuels produced domestically and that it is imposing stricter sustainability requirements on some biofuels.

“Portugal now has two months to address the Commission's concerns; otherwise it may decide to refer Portugal to the Court of Justice of the EU,” the memo said.

The RED sets the objective of the EU reaching a 20% share of renewable energy in its final energy consumption in 2020, which includes individual national targets in each member state. Member States have to ensure that 10% of total energy consumption in the transport sector comes from renewable energy.

One way of contributing to this specific transport target is promoting biofuels, which must meet a set of harmonised sustainability requirements. Member States are also obliged to treat sustainable biofuels and the raw materials from which they were made equally, regardless of their country of origin.