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Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources
WHAT IS THE AIM OF THIS DIRECTIVE?
Directive (EU) 2015/1513 amends Directives 2009/28/EC and 98/70/EC, the EU’s law on the quality of petrol and diesel fuels. Among other things, it aims to start the transition from conventional* (first-generation) biofuels to advanced* (second-generation) biofuels that deliver substantial GHG savings. It introduces a 7% cap on conventional biofuels to count towards the renewable energy directive targets for final energy consumption in transport by 2020.
FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?
It has applied since 25 June 2009. EU countries had to incorporate it into national law by 5 December 2010.
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* KEY TERMS
Energy from renewable sources: energy from non-fossil sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biomass and sewage treatment plant gas (e.g. methane).
Conventional biofuels: made from food crops, such as sugar, starch and vegetable oils. They are produced from land using feedstock, which can also be used for food and feed.
Advanced biofuels: made from sources that do not compete directly with food and feed crops, such as wastes and agricultural residues.
Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and amending and subsequently repealing Directives 2001/77/EC and 2003/30/EC (OJ L 140, 5.6.2009, pp. 16-62)
Successive amendments and corrections to Directive 2009/28/EC have been incorporated in the basic text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.
Directive 98/70/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 1998 relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels and amending Council Directive 93/12/EEC (OJ L 350, 28.12.1998, pp. 58-68)
See consolidated version.
last update 21.02.2017