Under the European Climate Law, the European Union (EU) has a legally binding commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. This includes a requirement to reduce emissions by 55% relative to 1990 levels by 2030. To achieve this goal, in July 2021, the European Commission released a package of proposals called “Fit for 55.” Several proposals include support for renewable fuels to help reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector, one of the hardest to decarbonize.

The briefing “Changes to the Renewable Energy Directive revision and ReFuel EU proposals: Greenhouse gas savings and costs in 2030” by the International Council on Clean Transportation provides policy recommendations that could assist the European Council and Parliament as they negotiate the final legislation for the Fit for 55 package. The analysis also highlights sustainability risks associated with food-based fuels, including intermediate crops.

Download the brief here