Low Carbon Insensitive Biofuels

Waste-based biofuels have an essential role in the decarbonization of the transport sector.

Iberia Bioenergy trades only waste-based and advanced biofuels which offer a lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction of up to 90% compared to fossil fuels. We provide our clients with the stability and security they need to plan for the future and achieve their GHG reduction targets. Our broad activity makes us key agents in the collective endeavor of decarbonization.

Biodiesel and Renewable fuel for the Road Transport Sector

Biofuel is a biomass-based fuel rather than a fossil-based one. Unlike conventional biofuels produced from food crops grown on arable land, second-generation waste biofuels are primarily produced from waste oils, animal fats, agricultural residues and other wastes and residues. Due to its lack of cultivation greenhouse and ILUC impact, waste-based biofuels offer a lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction of up to 90% compared to fossil fuels.

Waste-based biodiesel reduces overall environmental pollution by lowering GHG emissions and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Moreover, through this valorization process we prevent used cooking oil, animal fats, and other waste oils from polluting the environment by taking up space in landfills, clogging drains that increases the costs of maintaining drainage & water treatment networks, and/or are reused in unsuitable ways causing serious health issues.

In addition, waste and advanced based biodiesel enhances the performance of engines as this finished product contains higher cetane than petroleum diesel and provides a higher level of lubricity to the engine.

The revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) contains Annex IX which lists the feedstocks that are incentivized for the purposes of the EU’s transport emission reduction targets.

All biofuels produced from the Annex IX list (both parts) can count twice their energy content towards the transport renewable targets under incentive measures commonly referred to as “double counting”.

The final objective of these multipliers is to strengthen and support the implementation of alternative fuels that are not food and feed-based.

These measures are also meant to encourage the industry to develop new technologies that put us on track toward a carbon-free world.

Low carbon intensity fuels for the Marine sector

In July 2021, the European Commission announced the “Fit for 55” package of legislative proposals. This package aims at ensuring the success of the European Green Deal and has the final objective of reducing emissions by at least 55% by 2030 with the ultimate aim for Europe to become the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050.

The FuelEU Maritime regulation is one of the proposals that seeks to steer the EU maritime sector towards decarbonisation.

This proposal has been designed to accelerate the maritime industry’s decarbonisation through the adoption of renewable and low-carbon fuels and technologies, by applying goal-based reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) energy intensity.

While there is an immediate and imperative need for research, development and deployment of alternative marine fuels, the obstacles are numerous: from lack of regulatory enforcement and incentives to technological and feedstock availability limitations. 

Biofuels have very low sulphur levels as well as low CO2 emissions. These characteristics make them a technically viable solution to low-sulphur fuels standards such as VLSFO or ULSFO.

Iberia Bioenergy cooperates with strategic partners in the research and development of the tailor-made solutions that the industry requires.

SAF and the Aviation Sector

The “Fit for 55” package also looks at potential changes for the the aviation sector such as

the revision of the EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading System, the ReFuelEU Aviation proposal and, the revision of the Energy Taxation Directive introducing tax on fuel for business and leisure flights.

In October 2016, the member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization made the historic decision to adopt a global market-based measure for aviation emissions.

This scheme, known as CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) has the goal to help aviation towards its mid-term goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. It is forecasted that CORSIA will mitigate around 2,5 billion tonnes of CO2 between 2021 and 2035.

CORSIA is an offsetting scheme through which airlines and other aircraft operators will offset any growth in CO2 emissions above 2020 levels.

This allows the stabilization of aviation’s net CO2 emissions, while other emissions reduction measures, such as  new technology, sustainable aviation fuel implementation, operations and infrastructure modifications, are achieved.

Another option to reduce an airplane operator’s offsetting obligations is the use of CORSIA Eligible Fuels (CEF): sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) or lower carbon aviation fuels (LCAF).

Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) are renewable  or  waste-based  aviation fuels which play a key role in the necessary task of emission reduction. The implementation of other technologies such as electrification and fuel cells are currently not feasible and years away from large-scale application.

Therefore, sustainable aviation fuels are increasingly recognized as a central pillar of climate strategies by key stakeholders of the aviation industry from airlines and corporate customers to governments.

Iberia Bioenergy cooperates with strategic partners in the development of the tailor-made solutions that the industry requires and pursues compliance with the sustainability schemes for this market such as ISCC CORSIA certification.