The German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) is urging the government to take steps to ensure that the emissions reduction potential of biofuels is realised through more ambitious policy.

BDBe chairman Norbert Schindler points out that the GHG emission reduction targets of fuel companies in Germany is to remain unchanged at just 4% until 2020, when it will climb to 6%. According to the association, that 6% target needs to be brought forward to 2019 and lifted to at least 8% from 2020.

The German Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE) has calculated that bioethanol in 2016 resulted in 75.4% lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in transport, as compared to fossil fuel use. Raising the GHG reduction target for oil companies will help cut significantly the emissions of the over 30 million petrol cars in the country, Schindler noted.

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