Godkjenning av ordningen "Red Tractor Farm Assurance Crops and Sugar Beet Scheme" som i samsvar med kriteriene for drivstoff i fornybardirektivet

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Kommisjonens gjennomføringsbeslutning (EU) 2022/604 av 8. april 2022 om anerkjennelse av den frivillige ordningen "Red Tractor Farm Assurance Crops and Sugar Beet Scheme" for å dokumentere samsvar med kriteriene fastsatt i direktiv (EU) 2018/2001 for biodrivstoff, flytende biomasse, biomassebrensel, fornybare flytende og gassformige drivstoff av ikke-biologisk opprinnelse og resirkulert karbonbrensel

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/604 of 8 April 2022 on the recognition of the “Red Tractor Farm Assurance Crops and Sugar Beet Scheme” voluntary scheme for demonstrating compliance with the requirements set in Directive (EU) 2018/2001 for biofuels, bioliquids, biomass fuels, renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origin and recycled carbon fuels

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Kommisjonsforordning publisert i EU-tidende 12.4.2022

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(1) Directive (EU) 2018/2001 establishes requirements for certain fuels, namely biofuels, bioliquids, biomass fuels, renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origin and recycled carbon fuels, in order to ensure that they can only be counted towards the targets set in the Directive if they have been sustainably produced and save significant greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to fossil fuels. First, Article 29 of the Directive lays down sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions saving criteria for biofuels, bioliquids, and biomass fuels, and Article 26 of the Directive and Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/807 of 13 March 2019 establish the criteria to determine which feedstock for biofuels, bioliquids or biomass fuels has high indirect land-use change risk, on the one hand, and which high indirect land-use change-risk biofuels, bioliquids or biomass fuels that meet certain conditions can be certified as having low indirect land-use change risk, on the other hand. Second, Article 25(2) of the Directive lays down greenhouse gas emissions saving criteria for renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origin and recycled carbon fuels used in transport. Third, Article 28(2) of the Directive requires economic operators to enter information in a Union database on the transactions made and the sustainability characteristics of renewable fuels (biofuels, biogas and renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origin) and recycled carbon fuels used in transport.

(2) The Directive also provides for rules on how to calculate the contribution of renewable electricity to the transport targets. In particular, Article 27(3) of the Directive provides rules to make such calculation, both when the electricity is directly used to power electric vehicles and when is used to produce renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origin that are used in transport.

(3) In order to check that compliance with the rules for biofuels, bioliquids, biomass fuels, renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origin and recycled carbon fuels is achieved, Member States may use voluntary schemes. Voluntary schemes have played an important role in providing evidence of compliance with the sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions saving criteria for biofuels and bioliquids under Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources . Under Directive (EU) 2018/2001, the role of voluntary schemes has been expanded. First, they can now serve to certify compliance of all fuels produced from biomass, including gaseous and solid fuels, with the sustainability criteria set in Directive (EU) 2018/2001, and provide accurate data on their greenhouse gas emissions saving. Second, they can serve to certify compliance of renewable liquid and gaseous transport fuels of non-biological origin and recycled carbon fuels with their greenhouse gas emissions saving criteria. Third, they can serve to prove compliance with the rules, which Article 27(3) of Directive (EU) 2018/2001 establishes to calculate renewable electricity in transport. Fourth, they can serve to prove that economic operators enter accurate information into the Union or national database on some renewable fuels and recycled carbon fuels used in transport in accordance with Article 28(4) of Directive (EU) 2018/2001. Fifth, they can be used to certify biofuels, bioliquids and biomass fuels with low indirect land-use change-risk. The Commission may decide that voluntary national or international schemes can serve all or some of these purposes.

(4) Where an economic operator provides proof of or data on compliance with the sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions saving criteria, obtained in accordance with a voluntary scheme that has been recognised by the Commission, to the extent covered by the recognition decision, a Member State should not require the supplier to provide further evidence.

(5) The request to the Commission for recognition under Article 30(4) of the Directive from the “Red Tractor Farm Assurance Crops and Sugar Beet Scheme” voluntary scheme was first submitted to the Commission on 24 February 2021. This request led to an assessment of the scheme from the Commission, in which some issues requiring modification were identified. In its resubmission of 23 June 2021, the scheme correctly addressed these issues. The scheme covers biofuels derived from combinable crops and sugar beet (excluding wastes and residues) produced in the United Kingdom from farm up to the first point of delivery of the agricultural biomass.
(6) In assessing the “Red Tractor Farm Assurance Crops and Sugar Beet Scheme” voluntary scheme, the Commission found that it covers adequately the sustainability criteria laid down in Article 29 (3) to (5) of Directive (EU) 2018/2001 and applies a mass balance methodology in accordance with the requirements of Article 30 (1) and (2) of Directive (EU) 2018/2001. Verification of the compliance of economic operators with the greenhouse gas emission savings criteria for the purposes of Article 29(10) of Directive (EU) 2018/2001 is not in the scope of certification by the “Red Tractor Farm Assurance Crops and Sugar Beet Scheme”. This assessment does not take into account the forthcoming implementing act to be adopted in accordance with article 30(8) of Directive (EU) 2018/2001, on rules to verify sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions saving criteria and low indirect land-use change-risk criteria. The “Red Tractor Farm Assurance Crops and Sugar Beet Scheme” will therefore be re-assessed when such an implementing act will be adopted.

(7) The assessment of the “Red Tractor Farm Assurance Crops and Sugar Beet Scheme” voluntary scheme, found that it meets adequate standards of reliability, transparency and independent auditing in accordance with article 30 (8) of Directive (EU) 2018/2001.

(8) The recognised scheme should be made available in the section devoted to voluntary schemes on the Commission’s EUROPA website.

(9) The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee on the Sustainability of Biofuels, Bioliquids and Biomass fuels

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