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The objective of the project is to pilot how biofuels can be produced and certified with a low risk of indirect land-use change (ILUC) impacts. We aim to conduct a total of five pilot projects across different geographical regions (Europe, South East Asia, Latin America) and crops (vegetable oil, sugar, and starch crops) to test a draft low ILUC-risk biofuel certification methodology. The project started in January 2020 and the pilots are planned to run until the end of 2022 (divided into two 18-month phases).


Currently, the EU limits the role of crop-based biofuels as well as high ILUC-risk fuels. These limitations are based on concerns about the impact of ILUC. This project aims to demonstrate that biofuels can be produced with a low risk of such effects. The goal is to develop and test a methodology that could be used for low ILUC-risk certification of any type of biofuel feedstock project. Pilot projects will aim to produce additional biomass, either through increasing yields on existing plots, or through producing biomass on previously unused or abandoned land.

The project will test the availability and accessibility of data, challenges, and uncertainties, and ultimately the extent to which low ILUC-risk certification is feasible within the methodology proposed in European legislation.

The certification methodology will be developed by Guidehouse based on the criteria for low ILUC-risk biofuels as set out in the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive and the accompanying Delegated Regulation on ILUC.

On 19 November 2020, the draft certification approach to be used for the pilots was presented to stakeholders. The webinar was attended by 150+ stakeholders from whom comments and feedback were collected. The webinar slides can be downloaded here.

On 19 May 2021, the first pilot results were presented to stakeholders. The webinar was attended by 200+ stakeholders. A recording of the webinar can be accessed via this link. The webinar slides can be downloaded here. The slides include an Annex with more detailed findings per pilot, which was not presented during the webinar. The frequently asked questions list is updated with questions asked during the webinar.

We continue to welcome stakeholder input and feedback throughout the project. For any comments, questions, or feedback, please contact us through this link.

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