The International Energy Agency (IEA) prepared A 10-Point Plan to Reduce the European Union’s Reliance on Russian Natural Gas. A series of measures include an encouragement to increase the use of bioenergy in the EU (point 5). The European Commission is also planning to disclose a plan to reduce the import of energy carriers from Russia: oil, gas and coal. Measures related to gas would decrease Russian gas imports by 80%. For more information, please contact Michal Dlugosz.
The Official Journal published Implementing Regulation 2022/388 on 8 March, which amends the Monitoring and Reporting Regulations for the Emissions Trading Scheme. The text states that Member States “may consider as fulfilled the sustainability and GHG emissions saving criteria referred to in that paragraph for biofuels, bioliquids and biomass fuels used for combustion from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022”. This was done to ensure that biomass can maintain its zero rating in the ETS without the voluntary schemes necessary to verify the sustainability criteria in REDII due to delays in the necessary delegated acts from the Commission. For more information, please contact Daniel Reinemann.
The ENVI Committee has published the full list of amendments (Amendments 41-305, Amendments 306-617, and Amendments 618-956) to the REDIII draft opinion prepared by Nils Torvalds. Many of the positions advocated by Bioenergy Europe have been tabled, further analysis will be upcoming. For more information, please contact Daniel Reinemann.
On Tuesday, the European Commission released a Communication to accelerate the deployment of renewables, while ensuring the affordability and security of EU energy supply by decreasing fossil gas imports from Russia. Bioenergy Europe has published an initial reaction to the communication which lacks a clear path forward for how bioenergy will be integrated as part of the solution to decrease the dependency on Russian fossil fuels. For more information, please contact Irene di Padua.