At the start of December, the Spanish government adopted mandatory minimum targets for the use of biofuels in transport that call for a share of 8.5% in 2020. 
The biofuels share will be increasing gradually in the period 2016-2020. Next year, biofuel sales should account for 4.3% of gasoline and diesel consumption in the country. The minimum requirements will then increase to 5% in 2017, 6% in 2018 and 7% in 2019.  
With respect to the target for 2020, the use of first-generation biofuels that are made from food crops is limited to 7%. The government will set targets for advanced biofuels by 2017. 
The biofuels mandate is in support of Spain’s climate change target of sourcing 20% of energy from renewables by 2020. As part of this target, 10% of the energy used in transport should be from renewable sources.
The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism said that based on current measures, the country is expected to reach renewables penetration of 19% by 2020.
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