The group of countries argues that setting a 12% target for renewable energy in transport and multiplying the contribution from electric vehicles by a factor of five, as currently proposed by the Council, would lead member states to achieve the target nominally, but actually only a small share of transport will be powered by electricity and advanced biofuels, the rest will be provided by fossil fuels.
“If we talk about that 12% and you can reach the target with a small amount of electricity but highly multiplied, there will not be more renewable energy in transport. It will be just more fossil fuels,” Zuzana Jakubičková from the Slovakian biofuel association said.
That is why they are asking the European Commission to be “technologically neutral” when it comes to renewable energy in transport, and not weigh in favour of electricity.
Danail Kamenov from the Bulgarian biofuel association said: “Greenwashed oil would be the major beneficiary of RED II. Even if the most optimistic forecast of 280 million electric cars on the world’s roads by 2040 is realised, this would still represent less than 1% of global CO2 emissions, so other tools should also be taken into account to reduce the GHG emissions significantly.”