Low ILUC risk certification proposal
‘Low ILUC-risk’ certification, as defined in the RED II and associated regulations, is designed to identify production systems that avoid ILUC, and detailed certification procedures for a broad range of crop types are under development. EU Member States wishing to guarantee genuine transport decarbonisation may consider using low ILUC-risk certification as a mechanism for mitigating the indirect impacts of crop-based feedstocks. BIKE explored the options which are available to Member States for incorporating low ILUC-risk into their national biofuel strategies.
The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (‘CAP’) system has the advantage of simplicity and universality in boosting good practices; for specific bioenergy projects, this could be complemented by a low ILUC-risk value signal which targets support towards marginal projects in a way that minimises competition between food and fuel. Additionality conditions in the CAP context are relevant to Low ILUC-risk certification for farms meeting the following three conditions:
BIKE identified criteria and indicators for the certification of low ILUC-risk feedstocks under ISCC PLUS. In addition, measurable sustainability indicators that return meaningful information to policymakers and other stakeholders were selected for the BIKE project based on results to assess the environmental, social, and economic performances of the bioenergy pathways studied, in collaboration with partners, data availability and quality.
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