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The European Parliament’s decision to tighten CO₂ limits for heavy-duty commercial vehicles has been welcomed by Germany’s Union for the Promotion of Plants and Protein (UFOP).

However, UFOP called for a biofuel strategy with a focus on areas of applications that were almost impossible to electrify, such as heavy goods transport, agriculture and forestry, due to the limited volume of available biofuels.

Following the European Parliament’s decision, commercial vehicle manufacturers would be obliged to reduce the average CO2 emissions of heavy commercial vehicles by 45% by 2030, 65 % by 2035 and 90% by 2040, the report said.

“UFOP is taking the European Parliament’s decision as an opportunity to scrutinise the recurring discussion about the use of sustainable certified biofuels from cultivated biomass. UFOP clarifies that the Renewable Energy Directive (RED III) and the current amendments have created the basis for a reliable long-term framework,” the association said on 22 November.

In particular, this applied to regulations on the continuation of the cap on biofuels from cultivated biomass and from waste, as well as the stipulation that biofuels from palm oil could no longer be counted towards quota obligations in all member states from 2030, UFOP said.

“Many member states have already enshrined this exclusion in law, including Germany with the quota year 2023. Whether soyabean oil will also be excluded from use is currently being examined by the EU Commission,” the association said.

UFOP noted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s launch of the Global Biofuel Alliance at the G20 summit in September.

Although Germany had been involved in preparatory talks for the alliance, Italy was currently the only EU member in the alliance, the association said.

UFOP called for this to be corrected as a matter of urgency.