EBA regrets the ENVI Committee decision not to recognise the contribution of renewable fuels, such as biomethane, to the decarbonisation of the transport sector
Brussels, 24 October 2023 – On the 24th of October, the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) voted its Report on the Revision of Regulation EU 2019/1242 setting CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles. Unfortunately, the ENVI Committee position does not include a mechanism or definition able to account for the contribution of renewable fuels, such as biomethane, in the decarbonisation of the transport sector. Transport operators and vehicle manufacturers should be provided with a legislative framework that encourages them to consider cleaner fuel alternatives to fossil fuels immediately available today. Sustainable biomethane as a transport fuel provides a ready-available, local and cost-competitive renewable alternative to conventional transport fuels, representing a key solution in the transition towards a climate neutral economy and able even to achieve negative emissions necessary to attain the EU climate neutrality targets.
“The biogas and biomethane value chain regrets the ENVI Committee decision not to recognise the contribution of renewable fuels, such as biomethane, to the decarbonisation of the transport sector, thus risking to significantly delay the green transition of the sector.” Giulia Laura Cancian – EBA Secretary General