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BIOresearcher Oct 28, 2015 03:42 PM
Hello, I was reading the recent released publication "Trends and projections in Europe 2015" as I am working on EU biofuels and alternative fuels in the transport sector.

I am especially interested in the fact of EU sub-target of 10% share of renewables in the transport sector has not been achieved in 2013. Unlikely other sectors, GHG emissions in this sector has indeed increased rather than decrease. I read in detail the full study and I could not find the following information:

1. How much biofuels (both liquid or gaseous) contribute to the annual share of renewables in the transport sector year by year?
2. The proportion of the total amount of GHG emissions (in any indicator) that come from biofuels year by year.

Is all these data already in other reports? Otherwise, could you give me more details? This is so important for the current projects that I am dealing with at my work

Thanks in advance
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EEA Nov 09, 2015 03:27 PM
1. How much biofuels (both liquid or gaseous) contribute to the annual share of renewables in the transport sector year by year?
As reported by Eurostat (see SHARES Results 2013), the following quantities of renewable energy were consumed in transport in the EU28 in 2013:
 
Renewables in transport (ktoe) 2013
Electricity in road transport 74.98468
Electricity in other modes 5443.588
Biofuels (liquid + gaseous) 13257.86
of which compliant biofuels 11932.26
Total (RES-T numerator) 15427.26
Total (RES-T denominator) 288160.04
 
Only compliant biofuels are to be taken into account toward the RES targets. Accordingly, compliant biofuels (both liquid and gaseous) represented in 2013 circa 77% of all RES consumption in transport, and roughly 4.1% of all transport fuels consumed across the EU28.

2. The proportion of the total amount of GHG emissions (in any indicator) that come from biofuels year by year.
Based on last year’s GHG inventory submission (for the years 1990-2012), the share of biomass in the energy sector (in terms of energy combusted) was approximately 10% at EU level. This includes all types of biomass (liquid, solid and gaseous) for energy purposes. The vast majority of emissions from biomass used for energy purposes (e.g. for heat and electricity, and transport fuels) are CO2. According to the UNFCCC reporting guidelines these emissions have to be reported separately as a Memo item and are not included in GHG emission totals. CH4 and N2O emissions from biomass combustion are relatively small, and represent less than 0.5% of total GHG emissions. These non-CO2 emissions are included in GHG emission totals. If you add all energy-related emissions from biomass (CO2, N2O and CH4) its share in total GHG emissions would be around 10% at EU level (in 2012). The emission share is very similar to the contribution of biomass in total energy consumption. You can find the actual CO2 emissions from biomass in the EEA’s GHG data viewer http://www.eea.europa.eu/[…]/greenhouse-gases-viewer It is the second last item in the scroll down menu (under category). The latest available information is 2012 but will be updated with 2013 emissions by the end of this year.
 
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