Biofuels in the EU. A vision for 2030 and beyond

26.06.2006

Biofuels Research Advisory

By 2030, the European Union covers as much as one quarter of its road transport fuel needs by clean and CO2-efficient biofuels. A substantial part is provided by a competitive European industry. This significantly decreases the EU fossil fuel import dependence. Biofuels are produced using sustainable and innovative technologies; these create opportunities for biomass providers, biofuel producers and the automotive industry.  

The EU road transport sector accounts for more than 30% of the total energy consumption in the Community. It is 98% dependent on fossil fuels with a high share of imports and thus extremely vulnerable to oil market disturbance. The growing transport sector is considered to be one of the main reasons for the EU failing to meet the Kyoto targets. It is expected that 90% of the increase of CO2 emissions between 1990 and 2010 will be attributable to transport.