GHG reduction quota in traffic increased to 22% – investments in renewable fuels necessary

According to a decision by the federal government to implement the Renewable Energy Sources Directive (RED II), the greenhouse gas reduction rate in traffic will be increased from currently 6% to 22% by 2030. The greenhouse gas reduction rate stipulates the percentage by which CO₂ emissions in road traffic must be reduced. The GHG reduction quota also defines the share of renewable energy in drive means and is therefore an important regulation for achieving the ambitious climate goals in the transport sector.

In order to reduce CO₂ emissions in traffic, biofuels are currently being added to fossil fuels. However, to reach the greenhouse gas reduction rate of 22% by 2030, further steps must be taken. E-fuels can make a decisive contribution to the decarbonization of the transport sector and thus to the achievement of climate targets. This is precisely why large investments in alternative fuels are now essential. The increased GHG reduction quota is a first important impetus, but there is also criticism of the regulation. This is because electromobility is strongly promoted in the GHG reduction quota by being credited three times, while hydrogen and PtX fuels are only credited twice. However, fuels and electricity from renewable sources are essential to achieve climate-neutral mobility.

The German Mineral Oil Industry Association (MWV) and the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) are therefore calling for an increase in the rate for renewable fuels in order to make investments in technologies more attractive and to maintain the competitive advantage through business cases in Germany for e-fuel technologies.

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