According to the EU Commission, the benefits from bio-waste demonstrate a considerable potential that can help to meet environmental objectives, in particular where they are the most cost-effective solution. The communication states that about one-third of the 2020 EU target to use renewable energy in transport could be met by using the biogas produced from bio-waste as transport fuel and around 2 per cent of the overall renewable energy target could be met if all bio-waste is turned into energy.
“The decarbonisation of the energy sector is one of the main challenges for the EU. Bio-waste can be converted to electricity, heat or transport fuels at relatively low cost, thus limiting the use of fossil fuels and increasing security of supply. The Renewable Energy Directive particularly acknowledges the benefits of using waste to produce transport fuels by counting them double towards the 10 per cent transport fuel target”, it clarifies.
For the NGVA Europe, this statement clearly encourages actions to unlock the potential for a better managing of bio-waste in the European Union by making the best use of existing legislation while safeguarding a wide margin of discretion for Member States in choosing the best options for their respective circumstances.