Berlin, 07.12.16

Discussion about the European Commission Proposal for a New Renewable Energy Directive

“Fuels of the Future”, the 14h International Conference on Renewable Mobility, is held in Berlin from 23rd to 24th January 2017. Experts will be discussing the proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) by 2030, published by the Commission in November 2016, in various topical panels. In its draft for RED II, the Commission proposes practically halving the current maximum contribution of conventional biofuels to climate protection in transport from 7% to 3.8%, in stages, from 2020 to 2030. The aim is to more strongly promote and expand use of biofuels from waste and residuals, as well as electromobility. Compared with the current Directive, which runs out in 2020, these changes will have far-reaching effects on use of alternative fuels and electromobility in Europe.

What will be the consequences for the European biofuel industry and agricultural producers? Does agriculture have to adapt to increasing market pressure because less cultivated biomass is required and fewer by-products and high-quality feeds can be produced domestically.

How can present and future investment be protected and how can we avoid investment and innovation leaving Europe?


The international conference gives an insight into the new prevailing conditions that are to be expected following discussion of the proposal for RED II in the European Parliament and the decision of the European Council:

Bernd Kuepker, European Commission, will be presenting the main points of the proposal for RED II on 23rd January 2017. It should be possible to draw conclusions from this about the future of renewable mobility in Europe by 2030 and beyond. In the panel discussion on the first day of the conference, Bernd Kuepker will be discussing the Commission’s objectives with representatives from politics and the economy.

Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, will be presenting plans for implementing measures in line with the Federal Government’s mobility and fuel strategy. Olivier Dubois, from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), will present the globally active organisation’s view on biofuel production, taking into consideration demand for sustainability. In its opinion, biofuels could be crucially important in the context of a global bio-economy.

Jeffrey Skeer, from The International Renewable Energies Agency (IRENA), uses the results of investigations to show that there is sustainable potential for bio-energy and that technological innovations are significant for the future of biomass fuels.

How is the motor industry in Germany and Europe adapting to these new prevailing conditions? Dr. Thomas Schlick, from Roland Berger GmbH, explains options for an integrated and sustainable fuel and motor vehicle strategy until 2030 and beyond.

Representatives from politics and the economy will be discussing theses from the first range of topics in the panel discussion on the first day of the conference, chaired by Sonja van Renssen, editor of “Energy Post”.

  • Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General of COPA-COGECA, the European Farmers’ and Cooperatives’ Association
  • Bernd Kuepker, European Commission
  • Michael Cramer, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism
  • Norbert Schindler, member of the German Bundestag
  • Stefan Schreiber, President of the Association of the German Biofuel Industry and responsible for the biofuels business area of Cargill
  • Christian Hochfeld, Agora Verkehrswende


German Bioenergy Association
Markus Hartmann
Tel.: +49 (0) 228/81002-22
hartmann (at)