Factsheet: Federal Immission Control Act - Biofuels

Federal Immission Control Act - Biofuels

Key Information
The purpose of the Immission Control Act is to protect humans, animals and plants, soil, water and atmosphere, cultural and other goods from environmental hazards and prevent further environmental hazards. The Immission Control Act determines a minimum share of biofuels in transport sector, requirements for biofuels and employs energetic reference values. The main means of support for renewable energy sources used in transport is a quota obligation. Subject to the obligation are only biofuels . The act foresees to support electricity and methane and hydrogen using renewable energy (power-to-gas) in the future, too. The mechanism obliges companies importing or producing petrol, gas or diesel fuels to ensure that biofuels make up a defined percentage of the company’s total annual sale. Obliged fuel suppliers may assign this obligation to other companies. From 2015, a greenhouse gas reduction quota is introduced. Accordingly, the allowed share of greenhouse gases discharged from diesel and gasoline is being reduced in form of a quota, meaning that the usage of biofuel is only indirectly stimulated. By 2015, emissions have to be reduced by 3.5%, by 4 % from 2017 on and by 6% from 2020 onwards.
increase the share of biofuels in transport