Biofuels: the 2020 targets, ILUC and looking forward to 2030

Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum



Norman Baker MPNorman Baker MP

Guest of Honour: Norman Baker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Department for Transport

This seminar will focus on progress, challenges and next steps for the UK’s biofuels sector.

In the context of the EU’s 2020 Directive for 10% of all energy used in transport to be derived from renewable sources, sessions will assess the continued viability of the UK’s delivery strategy, particularly in relation to the potential impact of EU ILUC (indirect land use change) proposals – with the European Parliament’s Environment Committee having voted to limit the supply of first generation biofuels.

Delegates will also discuss current EU work geared at issuing new Directives for 2030 – including discussion on new EU renewable energy targets for this period, if and how biofuels should be included and what a new UK strategy to replace the RTFO (Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation) might look like.

The expected growth in the use of second generation biofuels, as those types classified as first generation lose subsidies after 2020, and their contribution in meeting any new targets will also be discussed.

We are delighted that Norman Baker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Department for Transport has kindly agreed to deliver a keynote address at this seminar.

Further confirmed speakers include Sacha Alberici, Consultant, Ecofys; Paul Bennett, Chief Technology Officer, TMO Group; Jean-Pascal Boutin, Partner, Eversheds; Jonathon Counsell, Chair, Sustainable Aviation; Ian O’Gara, Bioenergy Lead, Accenture; Professor Pat Harvey, Professor of Biochemistry and Head of Bioenergy Research, University of Greenwich; Justin Laney, Fleet Manager, John Lewis Partnership; Patrick Lynch, Biofuel Sustainability Manager, Greenergy; Patrick Mocatta, Chairman, Gasrec; Dr Doug Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director, Greenpeace UK; Rob Vierhout, Secretary General, ePURE and Clare Wenner, Head of Renewable Transport, REA.

Dave Anderson MP, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Biomass has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar. Additional senior participants are currently being approached.

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