New study on biofuels launched
The “EU renewable energy targets in 2020: Analysis of scenarios for transport” study has been published by the JEC Consortium, which comprises the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, EUCAR (the European Council for Automotive R&D) and CONCAWE (the oil companies' European association for environment, health and safety in refining and distribution).
Making reasonable assumptions about the European vehicle fleet, the consortium calculated that current legally mandated biofuel blends, with a contribution from renewable energy in non-road transport, come close to meeting the RED 10% renewable energy target. Eight further “technically feasible” scenarios were analysed with differing biofuel contents, fuel grades and vehicles, demonstrating paths to reaching or exceeding the 10% RED target.
In order to ensure accuracy of the results, the consortium created the “Fleet & Fuels” model, which takes into account anticipated trends in passenger and commercial vehicles, including sales volumes, scrappage rates, usage and fuel consumption.
In addition the report also highlights the importance of maintaining compatibility between fuel blends and vehicles, to ensure successful application of new fuels and continued customer acceptance. It calls for a robust and forward-looking standardisation process in order to enable timely implementation of future fuel roadmaps to achieve the EU targets.
For more information, please visit: http://ies.jrc.ec.europa.eu/uploads/jec/JECBiofuels%20Report_2011_PRINT.pdf