Implementation of EU sustainability standards in the biofuels sector - Whas has been achieved and what should be the way forward?

Brussels, 5 February 2015

ISCC, as frontrunner and most widely used voluntary sustainability certification scheme, hosted this lunch debate in Brussels on 5 February 2015. The debate was aimed at and well attended by Members of the European Parliament.

Five years ago the EU, as the first region worldwide, implemented legally binding environmental sustainability standards for biofuels. Since then 19 voluntary sustainability schemes have been approved by the EU. The sustainability of EU biofuel policy has been subject to many discussions, especially with regard to its effect on indirect land use change (ILUC).

Unfortunately, the dicussions could give the misleading impressions that the EU biofuels policy had delivered no results on the protection of biodiversity and environmental sustainbility.

Since the EU is now in the final stage of adopting the legislation on ILUC the time was right to assess the experiences from five years of sustainability standards and their impact within and outside the EU. 

The contributions focussed on the impact of existing legislation and if existing tools for assessing direct land use change could also be used for assessing ILUC. Furthermore, it was disussed whether the biofuel production process has become more efficient and sustainable due to the requirements. 

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Prof Gernot Klepper, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany
Assessment of ILUC options

Dr Norbert Schmitz, ISCC System GmbH, Germany
Impact of sustainability certification and land use change verification

Dr Jan Henke, Meo Carbon Solutions, Germany
Improved GHG performance of biofuels due to the RED and FQD

Chew Jit Seng, Genting Plantations, Malaysia
GHG reduction measures and application of remote sensing tools in oil palm production

Marko Janhunen, UPM, Finland
Biofuels from wood-based raw materials - an example of advanced biofuels development