European standards for renewable energy in fossil fuels set in Belgium

This draft law allows our country to comply with European objectives for the promotion of renewable energies in transport. European regulations on renewable energies will thus be transposed into Belgian law, indicated the Minister of Energy, Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen), at the initiative of this proposal.

This will also make it possible to contribute to reaching the objective of 14% of renewable energies in the final energy consumption in the transport sector by 2030, to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and to contribute to the reduction of gas greenhouse effect in the transport sector, the government said in a press release.

new categories

This text introduces, in addition to biofuels, also new categories of renewable energy which can contribute to achieving the objectives, such as hydrogen and electricity. It also provides for the establishment of a register in which oil companies, gaseous fuel suppliers and electricity supply infrastructure operators can register.

In addition to defining the share of renewable energy that the energy placed on the market for the transport sector must contain, this draft law introduces minimum obligations for certain categories of renewable energy, as well as limits for others. Support for first-generation biofuels will be phased out, the statement said.

The preliminary draft is sent to the Consultation Committee and the Council of State for their opinion.

“A step in the right direction”

This text constitutes “a step in the right direction” but is still “insufficient”, for their part indicated Oxfam and other Belgian NGOs (FIAN Belgium, CANOPEA, Greenpeace and Bond Beter Leefmilieu).

Oxfam welcomed, in a press release, the agreement reached within the federal government to reduce the share of first generation biofuels in transport in Belgium. “However, it remains insufficient” for this coalition, which called for the end “as quickly as possible” of the obligation to incorporate biodiesel and bioethanol from agricultural production and the establishment of a framework for the protection of effective in its policy on renewable energies.

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