Biofuels - Options and Opportunities: Blending or Targeting Sectors? Which route should policymakers pursue?

Venue: Bayer_Vertretung_signet_inst_past_4cRepresentation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU,
Rue Wiertz 77, 1000 Brussels
Date: Thursday, 28th September 2017, 11:00 am

Currently, biofuels are by far the most important source of renewable energy in the EU transport sector. Their future role, however, remains uncertain and disputed. Some question the use of biofuels in general. Others suggest that biodiesel and other crop based fuels have a major role to play in decarbonising transport. If so, should biofuels continue to be blended into fossil fuels across the board and thereby lessen their detrimental impacts? Or should they rather be channeled into particular sectors such as heavy duty transport, shipping or aviation in which renewable alternatives are unlikely to be established in the short to mid term?

At the conference, we discussed which pathways for biofuels could be the most promising in the future – both in terms of competitiveness and for reigning in climate change. This includes input from the scientific side as well as from industry and NGO stakeholders. After lunch, panelists discussed what role biofuels should have in the EU transport energy mix against the backdrop of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) recast process.


10:30 Registration
11:00 Welcome and Introduction
BARBARA SCHRETTER, Director of the Bavarian Representation to the EU
RUDOLF ESCHEU, Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs
ALEXANDER KNEBEL, Renewable Energies Agency

11:15 Keynote
Renewables in Transport: Options and Opportunities
JEFFREY SKEER, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Presentation of Jeffrey Skeer

11:40 Renewable fuels for clean transport - Rising demand and rising climate ambition in the aviation industry

12:10 Intervention:
Biofuels – A necessity for reaching the EU’s climate goals?
MARC-OLIVIER HERMAN, Oxfam International
ELMAR BAUMANN, Association of the German Biofuel Industry

12:30-13:30 lunch

13:30-14:30 Panel debate:
Renewables in the EU transport sector: What role for biofuels?


NIKOLAUS VON PETER, Cabinet of Commissioner Violeta Bulc
MAX SCHULMAN, Finnish Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners

Moderator: FREDERIC SIMON, Euractiv

2:30 pm Conclusion

The event was carried out in cooperation with the Association of the German Biofuel Industry (VDB) and OVID Association of the Oilseed Crushing and Oil Refining Industry in Germany.