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A new biofuels database for the European Union (EU) has been set up by the European Commission (EC).

The Union Database for Biofuels (UDB) opened for online registration by liquid renewable and recycled carbon fuel operators on 15 January, a statement on the EC’s website on the same date said.

Set up under Article 31a of the 2018 Renewable Energy Directive, the aim of the database was to improve traceability of biofuels, avoid double counting and address concerns about fraud.

“The Union database is a global traceability tool with the aim to trace consignments of renewable and recycled carbon fuels and the respective raw materials used for their production – from the point of origin of the raw materials to the point where fuels are put on the EU market for final consumption,” the EC said.

“It will help ensure market transparency and traceability in the supply chain for such fuels, mitigating the risk of irregularities and fraud and thereby supporting efforts to meet … EU decarbonisation targets.”

The EC said it had worked closely with relevant stakeholders and market players to prepare the database and had plans to expand the database to include registration of gaseous renewable and recycled carbon fuels registrations.