MEP: Clean technology mix needed to decarbonise transport

(EurActiv, 18 Nov 2019) Decarbonising transport is an enormous challenge and there will be a need to deploy a mix of clean technologies to accelerate the transition to a sustainable system, MEP Seán Kelly told EURACTIV.com.

“Electrification will, of course, play a key role but sustainable advanced biofuels, as described in the recently finalised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), also have the potential to contribute where appropriate and where cost-effective,” the Irish politician said.

Referring to sustainable advanced biofuels, he said they can help decarbonise Europe’s transport sector, but they need increased investments.

“Increased investment into advanced biofuels is needed if they are to make a significant contribution, and I hope that REDII has finally given some certainty to investors, following a long period of policy uncertainty in the sector,” he added.

Kelly’s statement is in line with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which said last year at the COP24 summit in Poland that all mobility-related options should be considered.

In a 2018 report, it said the pace of transition in the transport sector deemed necessary for a 1.5C-consistent pathway must include more biofuels and electricity in transport, the only sector of the economy where emissions continue to increase.

Particularly in Europe, road transport CO2 emissions have been rising since 2013 and road transport, in general, contributes about one-fifth of total CO2 emissions. While these emissions fell by 3.3% in 2012, they are still 20.5% higher than in 1990.

As part of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package, EU member states revised the Renewable Energy Directive in an effort to both boost the use of renewables and help the bloc meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement.

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