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Lipid-Based Biofuels Position Paper

The challenge of decarbonising the European transport sector is huge. Therefore the full potential of all options has to be taken into account. It is well known that lipid-based biofuels are currently providing the majority of renewable energy into the EU transport sector, and that the EU has set sustainability criteria for them. Setting ambitious targets for the years 2021-2030 would allow the use of the current options and, in addition, would provide interest for additional investments in the EU.

The Lipids-based Biofuels Group of the ART Fuels Forum suggests that (a) the ambitious overall decarbonization targets can be achieved through the utilization of any sustainable renewable options, including sustainable crop-based fuels and sustainable waste and residue-based fuels, and that (b), in order to help investments, a binding sub-target which can be fulfilled with biofuels produced from feedstocks listed in Annex IX, part A should provide a trajectory for 2021-2030 with binding milestones.

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Biogas Done Right in Transport with best practice examples

Agriculture and traffic are among the largest sources of GHG emission with 12% resp. 14% of global emission. Any process to reduce emission from the two sources is actually an urgent need. Biofuels and agriculture are naturally closely related and therefore a combined action to improve sustainability of agriculture and traffic is the recommended way to take. Bioenergy is a controversial issue, questioned by many scientists and policymakers. Many among them believe that there is no way to produce organic carbon for bioenergy without harming environment and direct or indirect impact on food and feed availability. However, with today’s agricultural technologies integrating biogas production, sequential cropping and precision farming we can produce GHG neutral or even GHG negative BioEnergy while Capturing and Sequestering Carbon (BECCS); without limiting food and feed production and with a low risk of indirect land use change (iLUC). This concept called Biogas Done Right has been proven by Italian farmers motivated by the Italian Biogas Association.

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Position paper on Biogas Done Right

The Alternative and Renewable Transport (ART) Fuel Forum, established under EC financing and bringing together high-level representatives from the advanced biofuels, renewable fuels and CCU industry and the transport sector, has published a Position paper about the Biogas Done Right concept and its applicability for biomethane production and utilization in transport.

The ART Fuels Biomethane group strongly recommends to include the so called “Biogas Done Right” agricultural system with sequential cropping under the advanced biofuel definition in the EU legislation (RED 2009/28/EC Annex IX, Part A and RED II). It corresponds entirely to the definition in Article 2 of the Directive EU 2015/1513. The group considers the closed cycle of Biogas Done Right with food, feed and biomethane production as a most environmental friendly and low iLUC biofuel production without competing against food or feed.

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Position Paper on the Establishment of the Innovation Fund

DG Climate Action of the European Commission has opened a Public Consultation on the Establishment of the Innovation Fund that addresses future public support to advanced biofuels and other emerging low-carbon technologies. The Alternative and Renewable Transport (ART) Fuel Forum, consisting of members that are directly affected stakeholders, recognizes financing as one of its main strategic areas in which the Forum intends to give policy recommendations. Thus, the coordination team of the ART Fuels Forum has contributed to this consultation by drafting a Position Paper on the Establishment of the Innovation Fund.

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Position Paper on Post 2020 light vehicle CO2 Regulation(s)

The Alternative and Renewable Transport (ART) Fuel Forum, established under EC financing and bringing together high-level representatives from the advanced biofuels, renewable fuels and CCU industry and the transport sector, has published a Position paper as response to the call for feedback in the initiative of the EC: Post 2020 light vehicle CO2 Regulation(s).

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Joint Statement on the RED II proposal

The ART Fuels Forum has released a Joint Statement on the RED II proposal: The objective of the Renewable Energy Directive must be to establish the best conditions to optimize the use of renewable energy in transportation and to limit the use of fossil fuels.

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Position Paper on Power-to-X

The ART Fuels Forum has published a position paper to address industry concerns on the potential consequences of the current policy proposals (RED II) for the Power-to-X pathway.

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ART Fuels Forum Flyer

The project promotional flyer, providing condensed information about the Forum, can be now found here.

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ART Fuels Forum Position on RED II

The ART Fuels Forum has published its position on the RED II proposal in the form of Key Messages categorized in four broad categories, namely:
(1) Advanced Biofuel Definition,
(2) Targets, Mandates and Penalties,
(3) Policy Framework and Support Schemes,
(4) Emissions and Sustainability Criteria. 
The Forum has also prepared Sector-specific Messages for RED II, pertinent to the main focus of the considered ART Fuels production and transport consumption industries, as well as Messages covering the International perspective of RED II. 
The messages have been consolidated based on the input of the approximately 100 Forum experts following a thorough internal consultation procedure.

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