LSB Wants Intermediate Targets for EU’s Low Carbon Fuels

 Seagriculture EU 2024
Low Carbon Fuels

11 European companies are advising policy makers for the development of low carbon fuels.

The Advanced Biofuels Coalition (LSB), representing leading companies in that industry, has announced their strong support for the EU target for climate-neutrality by 2050, as well as the need for more ambitious 2030 intermediate targets. They state that their sector will play an important role in achieving those goals. “However,” their statement reads, “while we recognize that advanced biofuels have been given a growing role within the proposed revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the advanced biofuels industry is concerned about the overall framework conditions, growing regulatory complexity, and the impact on investment planning.”

LSB member companies agree that advanced biofuels need to be strongly promoted alongside eFuels and electromobility. “The primary focus of EU climate and transport policies should be on phasing out the use of fossil fuels and creating effective incentives for the production and deployment of all relevant decarbonization technologies. Drastic CO₂ reduction will only be possible through a smart and realistic combination of emission-reduction pathways, so that different technologies can complement each other, and by keeping abatement costs as low as possible.”

More ambition and less complexity

LSB members believe that advanced biofuels are undervalued in their decarbonization potential, and that proper policy provisions can help to further unlock their potential. “Both the overall RES-T target, as well as the dedicated target for advanced biofuels sustainably produced from feedstocks listed in Part A of Annex IX should be increased in order to support industry in ramping up investments to accelerate the decarbonization of transport…”

The organization also says that introducing a binding trajectory, including an intermediate 2025 milestone, “would be helpful to encourage member states to reach the target in 2030. This would ensure consistency with the existing RED II provisions and support member states’ continuous de-fossilization efforts. And beyond 2030, EU policy makers should set a vision for advanced biofuels, based on the technological and capital intensity.”

All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint articles in their entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact Algae Planet accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

Seagriculture USA 2024



  • May 20, 2024: Scientists from Nelson’s Cawthron Institute have joined a $5 million pilot aimed at creating a sustainable commercial seaweed industry in New Zealand. The scientists are conducting a seaweed-growing trial at a mussel farm off the coast of Motueka as part of the Greenwave Aotearoa regenerative ocean farming pilot. READ MORE...
  • May 17, 2024: BettaF!sh, a leading alt seafood and seaweed start-up in Europe, has announced its involvement in the FunSea project, a collaborative EU-wide research initiative designed to advance the nutritional quality and safety of cultivated brown and green seaweed. This research project intends to develop novel, sustainable food products over a three-year period, by employing cutting-edge processing technologies and utilizing residual biomass from biomarine industries. READ MORE...
  • May 15, 2024: The 2024 Algae Biomass Summit, to be held in Houston, Texas, October 20-22, 2024, is now accepting speaker and poster abstracts for the world’s largest algae conference. Abstracts should be submitted by May 24th to receive preferential scoring by the review committee, as well as student registration discounts. READ MORE...
  • May 13, 2024: The Tasmanian Government is investing $4 million in the agricultural sector with the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock by more than 16,000 tons. “The TasFarmers proposal will use Sea Forest’s Asparagopsis SeaFeed as a feed additive to some 24,000 head of livestock in this large-scale trial to demonstrate commercial-scale viability of Asparagopsis feed supplements,” said Minister for Parks and Environment, Nick Duigan. READ MORE...

Algae Europe 2024

A Beginner’s Guide