Calls to action

Meeting the scale of ambition: Advanced Biofuels Coalition calls to action

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By working together, we can accelerate the scaling of the advanced biofuels production capacity and value chain in Europe

In order to meet the scale of ambition, we need to work with the European Institutions to:
  • Strengthen the business case for advanced biofuels investment
  • Provide long-term, regulatory certainty to support advanced biofuels deployment
  • Create a competitive framework for the EU to be a world leader in sustainable, advanced biofuels as part of a Europewide network of biorefineries serving fuels and chemical markets alike

Strengthen the business case for advanced biofuels investment

By working collectively with industry, investors, and policy makers, we need to identify and develop a regulatory framework to drive further investments into the advanced biofuels sector, examples of which include:
  • Carry out a review of green finance & de-risking measures in Europe
  • Reflect on lessons which can be learnt from other markets, for example the positive impact loan guarantees are having for advanced biofuels production in the United States
  • Implement a taxation scheme that encourages the production and uptake of advanced biofuels
  • Enhance EU funding and explore how state aid process could be improved to assist investments into advanced biofuel production

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Provide long-term, regulatory certainty to support advanced biofuels deployment

In order to achieve a strong, investable business case, long-term certainty is non-negotiable for industry. In Europe we have built strong foundations with the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and initiatives such as ReFuel Aviation & FuelEU Maritime. However, as we face a cliff edge of uncertainty post 2030, EU policy makers should:
  • Develop a long-term stable framework and dedicated targets for advanced biofuels to 2040 and beyond, in hard-to-abate sectors such as transport, industry and heating
  • Consider dedicated sub-mandate targets for advanced biofuels, not shared with e-fuels, in FuelEU Maritime and ReFuel Aviation as part of its 2026/27 review
  • Ensure there is stability with Annex IX feedstocks, any growth in the list should result in a growth in sub-mandates to mitigate the risk to the current project pipeline
  • Require that National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) include strategies to scale up the production and uptake of advanced biofuels, in order to meet targets set out in RED III

Create a competitive framework for the EU to be a world leader in sustainable, advanced biofuels

as part of a Europewide network of biorefineries serving fuels and chemical markets alike.
The IEA states that global advanced biofuel production needs to expand, with the share of biofuels produced from feedstocks such as waste and residues increasing to 40% of total biofuel demand by 2030. This is a huge opportunity for Europe’s transition, ramping up biorefinieries at scale and fostering the largest advanced biofuels and chemicals producers in the world. Accelerating the transformation makes the EU a world leader in sustainable materials and mobility. To do this, policy makers must: 
  • Take a technology-neutral approach when developing climate legislation, to ensure all renewable solutions are on the table
  • Create a clear, long term regulatory framework that takes into account large scale ambition in other countries, with a view to attract investments in Europe
  • Work in partnership with industry and investors to understand how to make Europe a more attractive place to invest

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