2020-06-30

Renewable fuels such as RFNBOs and RCFs are potentially eligible to achieve the REDII targets, but what methodology will be applied to count their GHG emission-savings?

On the 18th June, the European Commission organised a "Stakeholder meeting on the delegated acts on a GHG methodology for RFNBOs and RCFs consumed in transport and on minimum GHG emission thresholds for RCFs."

Since the REDII establishes a target of at least 14% of renewable energy in the transport sector by 2030, it included RFNBOs (renewable liquid and gaseous transport fuels of non-biological origin) and RCFs (recycled carbon fuels) as eligible for counting towards this target.

To be eligible, RFNBOs and RCFs must achieve a minimum GHG emission-saving threshold. But the methodology to calculate such emissions saving is not established yet.

The EC thus organised this workshop to give the opportunity to the relevant stakeholders to share their views, since it plans to adopt one delegated act addressing the minimum thresholds for GHG emissions savings for RFCs. Moreover, it plans to specify the methodology for calculating the GHG emissions savings for RFNBOs and RCFs consumed in transport.

This delegated act is planned for 2021, and in the meantime, the EC will organise more stakeholder workshops in the coming months, in particular on the additionality principle.

In this regard, Energy Technologies Europe pleads for the recognition of RCFs that meet the required emissions avoidance levels and asks for setting sub-targets or minimum contribution of RFNBOs and RCFs to the share of renewable energy in the transport sector, which would incentivise the wider market uptake of RFNBOs and RCFs.

Read more on ETE's position paper: "REDII. Implementation and Delegated Acts"