Biofuels seek new lease of life in climate emergency

Road transport cannot be decarbonised fast enough to get the EU on track to climate neutrality by 2050 without transition options such as biofuels and natural gas, argued delegates at an annual fuels conference in Berlin last week.

In Germany, the final trajectory of the coal phase-out raises the emission reduction challenge for transport, said Claudia Kemfert from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). She estimated that the government may have to fork out €5-10bn on emission reduction certificates for missing its EU-set national climate target for 2030. 

“We're almost entirely dependent on biofuels to decarbonise transport right now,” Kemfert stressed. 

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