Factsheet: Sustainable biofuels

Sustainable biofuels

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Any biofuel that is supplied in the inland market has to adhere with the sustainability criteria stipulated in Article 17 of the RES Directive and as transposed by Legal Notice 553 of 2010 on the biofuels (sustainability criteria) regulation. It defines two sets of sustainability criteria for biofuels in order for it to be counted towards the mandatory renewable energy targets and in order to be eligible for financial support - GHG emission savings and land-use requirements. On the former, the percentage reduction of GHG emissions generated through the use of a specific biofuel instead of a fossil fuel has to be above a certain threshold. A minimum savings rate of 35% applies initially. With respect to the latter criterion, Article 17 specifies three sub-criteria for the land from which the feedstock for the biofuel originates, namely: (i) biofuels shall not be made from raw material obtained from land with high biodiversity value; (ii) biofuels shall not be made from raw material obtained from land with high carbon stock; (iii) biofuels shall not be made from raw material obtained from peatland.
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