Factsheet: iLUC Directive (EU) 2015/1513

iLUC Directive (EU) 2015/1513

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Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Directive (EU) 2015/1513 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 September 2015 amending Directive 98/70/EC relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels and amending Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.
Description: 
In 2015 a new iLUC Directive (EU) 2015/1513 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 September 2015 came into force which amend the current legislation on biofuels – specifically the Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive - to reduce the risk of indirect land use change and to prepare the transition towards advanced biofuels. The amendment: •limits the share of biofuels from crops grown on agricultural land that can be counted towards the 2020 renewable energy targets to 7% •sets an indicative 0.5% target for advanced biofuels as a reference for national targets which will be set by EU countries in 2017 •harmonises the list of feedstocks for biofuels across the EU whose contribution would count double towards the 2020 target of 10% for renewable energy in transport •requires that biofuels produced in new installations emit at least 60% fewer greenhouse gases than fossil fuels •introduces stronger incentives for the use of renewable electricity in transport (by counting it more towards the 2020 target of 10% for renewable energy use in transport) •includes a number of additional reporting obligations for the fuel providers, EU countries and the European Commission.
Goal/Aim: 
Limit global land conversion for biofuels.

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Responsible Authority: 
DG Energy

Status:

Trade Relevance: 
Limits the amount of first generation biofuels