Focus Climate Protection in Transport

International Biofuel Conference January 2016 in Berlin

Berlin, 30 October 2015 – Within the framework of climate change policy, special attention is paid to road transport. Given the uptrend in registration figures for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, especially heavy goods vehicle traffic has to be seen as a cause for the increase in GHG emissions.
By contrast, Germany’s government has set itself the target to reduce GHG emissions by a total of 40% until 2020 and by 90 % until 2050. As the respective legal and regulatory measures are coming into effect, sufficient forward planning will be needed for their implementation. But also the fleet change over time has to be taken into account, given that the service life of vehicles licensed today and in the future is rather increasing.

These and other key issues will be the focus at the close of the 13th International Conference for Biofuels, which will be held from 18 - 19 January 2016 in Berlin. Under the heading “Climate protection targets and the implementation in the transport sector”, the needs and strategies for climate protection in transport will be addressed in the light of the results of the G7 summit in Elmau and the UN climate summit in Paris. As another option for advancing climate protection in a timely manner, there will also be a focus on the introduction of emissions trading in the transport sector as well as on the potentials for reducing CO2 emissions by lowering so-called “upstream emissions” in crude oil processing.

In view of the ongoing discussion on the real fuel consumption of vehicles, the debate on the compliance with the maximum emission levels of 95 grams CO2 per kilometer for newly registered vehicles by 2020 is gaining futher relevance. The conference will shed light on the contribution climate protection in transport can make from the perspective of the automotive industry and examine instruments and fiscal frameworks from the point of view of an NGO.

The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP), as a co-organizer of the conference, expects that in view of the further discussions on the measures and instruments needed for meeting the climate protection targets in the transport sector, this final part of the conference will allow for a first overview and provide also an outlook on the difficult debates that will have to be held on the development and the necessary extension of an operational framework.

Panel - Climate protection targets and the implementation in the transport sector: