The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) is urging the EU “to focus on solutions that deliver results right now as well as in the future” as it defines what is needed to turn Europe into the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

The recently announced European Green Deal outlines the bloc’s plan to build a circular economy and stop climate change, revert biodiversity loss and reduce pollution. According to ePURE, low-carbon fuels such as European ethanol can do a lot to support the new decarbonisation and air quality targets.

The association is calling on the EU to increase the targets for use of crop-based and advanced biofuels under the Renewable Energy Directive, and introduce taxes for transport fuels based on their energy content and carbon intensity.

The greenhouse gas emissions of ethanol produced by ePURE members are more than 71% lower than these of petrol, said ePURE’s Secretary General Emmanuel Desplechin.


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