Berlin, 18.12.19

Sustainability is vitally important for the future of biofuels

The parallel forum "Sustainability - increasingly stringent standards" at the 17th "Fuels of the Future" International Conference on Renewable Mobility will focus on the latest developments in sustainability. The conference will be held from 20th-21st January 2020 in Berlin. Biofuels make enormous sense in terms of climate policy, as they are produced sustainably in accordance with binding provisions and in Germany they must attain defined greenhouse gas savings. Producers have for many years taken up the challenge of making progress on sustainability by constantly optimising their production. As a result, greenhouse gas savings have risen steadily in recent years. According to the Evaluation and Experience Report from the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE), the reduction in CO2 emissions from biodiesel and bioethanol compared with fossil fuels was 70 percent on average in 2015, while by 2018 the figure had risen to 84 percent. Further topical issues around sustainability will be discussed by speakers in the expert forum.

Opening the forum, Stefan Groos will analyse targets for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in European and German law. As a lawyer, he examines the legislation's current status as well as prospects linked to the outcome of COP 25, which will be held in Madrid in December 2019.
The lecture by Dr. Thomas Kuchling from the Bergakademie Freiberg also links into this analysis. He will examine the question of the contribution that greenhouse gas-reduced fuels must make to the energy transition in the transport sector. 

In the Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), the European Parliament has granted the European Commission the right to adopt a number of delegated acts. This will also have ramifications for European industry. Dr Theodor Goumas of the ART Fuels Forum explains how these delegated acts affect the low-carbon industry.

In the last presentation, Julia Streitz from RWTH Aachen University evaluates the sustainability of various potential uses of biomass: biofuels in the field of tension between bioenergy and transition in the transport sector.

The forum will be moderated by Elmar Baumann of the Association of the German Biofuels Industry (VDB). On the second day of the conference, eleven further forums will offer a broad spectrum of topics from all areas of renewable energies in the mobility sector: international experts will present news on technical development, research, certification, market analysis and trade flows and discuss these topics with the conference participants. In addition, the exhibition stands also offer an opportunity for professional exchange and networking.