Biofuels have a role to play in helping EU member states deliver on their climate objectives, according to a recent report by the Solar Impulse Foundation.

The report recommends that the mandatory biofuel blending be increased. “For example, implement or expand the distribution of E10 (ethanol at 10% in gasoline) and E85 as renewable fuel produced from sustainably grown crops, wastes and residues,” it says.

Based on input from 20 associations representing EU energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, the report is intended to serve as a manual for member states with recommended measures through which they can improve energy system efficiency and increase the share of renewables in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is entitled Updating the 2030 National Energy and Climate Plans and comes as member states prepare to submit updates to their plans in the summer.

The EU countries’ 10-year integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) have to be updated every two years.

 The Solar Impulse Foundation, headed by Swiss environmentalist Bertrand Piccard gained recognition in 2015 for the first solar flight around the world.