155/LET/14 Brussels, March 17
, 2014 TO: Mr Yannis MANIATIS Ministry for Environment, Energy and Climate Change Government of Greece President of the EU Energy Council c/o Permanent Representation of the Republic of Greece to the EU Rue Jacques de Lalaing 19
21/Jacques de Lalaingstraat 19
21 1040 Brussels Belgium
Re: European Council debate on the Framework for climate and energy post 2020
Dear Mr Maniatis, On March 21
the European Council will hold a policy debate on the framework for climate and
energy post 2020, based on the European Commission’s Communication presented in January. As
usual, this will lead to Council
s Conclusions that will guide further policy decisions in the different formations of the Council as well as at the Commission level. The undersigned organizations, representing all stages of the EU biofuels chain from trade and processing to the production of biodiesel and ethanol, very much welcome the attention given to this topic which is of the utmost importance both for the well-being of future generations and for the economy of the European Union. As you discuss the need for a GHG emission reduction target and possible energy efficiency measures, we call on you to send a strong political signal as regards the need to decarbonise the EU transport sector. The main arguments are:
Since 1990 EU transport emissions have increased by 36% and are now responsible for about 28
% of EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
EU transportation is the only sector where GHG emission keep rising contrary to the reduction of CO2 emissions and fossil fuel consumption of all other sectors and this is unacceptable.
Should transport be neglected in the future policies for tackling climate change, an extra burden would automatically fall on all other sectors (EU industry, Agriculture, Energy, car manufacturers) in order to meet the general target of 40 % CO2 reduction in 2030.
EU’s dependence on i
mported oil is still increasing. In particular, the EU transport sector is 94% dependent on oil, 84% of which imported. Most often, the suppliers are from politically unstable countries or countries that leverage their strategic role in other areas, such as Russia. According to existing legislation, 10% of all energy in transport needs to be sourced from renewable fuels by 2020. The EU is on its way to meet this target and together with global developments, this approach has had a dampening effect on oil prices, which may very well exceed the extra costs involved in developing alternative transport solutions. The absence of a