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Germany to boost transport renewables to twice EU requirement by 2030

February 18, 2021


Abstract : ​The proportion of renewables in the energy mix for transport in Germany is to rise to 28 percent by 2030, in terms of a legislative amendment passed by the cabinet on Wednesday.

The proportion of renewables in the energy mix for transport in Germany is to rise to 28 percent by 2030, in terms of a legislative amendment passed by the cabinet on Wednesday.

The figure is twice that stipulated by the European Union, according to documentation released by Environment Minister Svenja Schulze.

The amendment provides for stronger incentives for hydrogen produced using renewable resources - green hydrogen - and for increasing the number of vehicle charge points. It also provides for terminating the use of palm oil in biofuels from 2026 onwards.

By 2030, jet fuel produced using electricity from renewable sources is to make up at least 2 percent of the total.

The use of biofuels made from crops intended for human and animal consumption is to be terminated where possible, with its share limited to the current level of 4.4 percent.

"The German government is creating an effective instrument to truly reduce greenhouse gas emissions with this law for promoting climate-friendly fuels," Schulze said.

In addition, biofuels should not be permitted to destroy nature. "The means used to replace crude oil must not at the same time destroy the rainforest," she said.

An EU directive has set a minimum of 14 percent for renewables in the transport sector by 2030.

Current measures in place in Germany require oil companies to cut the greenhouse gas emissions from their fuels by 6 percent, with that figure rising to 22 percent by 2030.

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