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Parliamentary questions
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15 June 2020
E-003576/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Elsi Katainen (Renew)
 Subject: Third generation biofuels

In December 2018 the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) entered into force, defining sustainability criteria for advanced biofuels, which are also known as second generation biofuels. Currently the RED II is in its implementation phase, and the sector is investing on the basis of the current regulatory framework.

In his appearances before Parliament, the Commission’s Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans has made several references to the EU’s need for third generation biofuels, without providing a definition for the term.

In the interest of increased clarity, could the Commission provide a definition and examples of what is meant by third generation biofuels in this context, especially taking into account that the RED II is now at the implementation phase? By what date does the Commission think that third generation biofuels will be commercially available, and in what volumes?

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