UFOP published Status Report "Biodiesel & Co. 2020/21"


Biofuel policy at national and European level is becoming increasingly complex, as a result of rising demands also on the quality of the sustainability requirements to be demonstrated. These unique selling points of national and international commodity chains concern the raw material origin and, in particular, the greenhouse gas efficiency of the biofuel from cultivated biomass or residues, and are the basis for the now established trade in greenhouse gas quotas. Since the introduction of the GHG quota in Germany in 2015, the biofuel sector has already anticipated what is now just as urgently desired for other sectors: "emissions trading".
From 2022, electricity for electromobility will also enter this market. Politicians have also recognised that the associated value creation can contribute to the financing of the charging station network. The corresponding regulations can therefore be found in the national implementation of the new version of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) to be implemented in the commodity chain from 2022, the Act on the Further Development of the GHG Quota, and in the EU Commission's proposal for RED III, which has been available since July.
These regulatory issues and other interrelationships are explained in the recently published status report of the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants e.V. (UFOP). (UFOP). In addition, the 25-page report presents the research projects discussed in the "UFOP Expert Commission on Biofuels and Renewable Resources". Biodiesel made from rapeseed oil also has to meet steadily increasing quality requirements. This is particularly true in view of the increasing proportion of vehicles with diesel hybrid drives. The partially electric drive, for example, leads to longer standing times of the fuel mixture in the vehicle tank. Here, the advantages of rapeseed oil as a raw material are also noticeable from a fuel chemistry point of view. The project results will be presented at the 19th International Digital Conference on Renewable Mobility (https://www.fuels-of-the-future.com/en), which UFOP is co-organising.
The attached report concludes with comprehensive statistics on national and international biodiesel production and use, on the biofuel quota regulations enshrined in law in the member states, and with an excerpt of the statistics published in the experience and evaluation report of the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE).
The most important sources listed in the report are linked to the respective further information. The progress report is available for download at the following address: