New Publication – The Role of Renewable Transport Fuels in Decarbonizing Road Transport

Nov 2020

In the light of climate change, there is an urgent need to decarbonize our societies. The road transport sector is specifically challenging, as transport demand is growing, and so are the sector´s GHG emissions. Electric mobility powered by renewable power will not be able to solve this on its own, and renewable transport fuels will be needed to bridge the gap between GHG emission reduction targets and the projected actual emissions.

A team of experts has assessed the transport sector and its projected development up to 2030 and 2050 for a number of countries, including Germany, Sweden, Finland, the USA, and Brazil. The work was initiated and carried out jointly by two Technology Collaboration Programmes of the International Energy Agency, namely the IEA Bioenergy TCP and the Advanced Motor Fuels TCP, with support of the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission. The analysis is based on current national policies, projections of the vehicle fleet, and on the availability of renewable transport fuels.

The objective of the assessment was to quantify the role that renewable fuels play in decarbonizing the road transport sector, and to provide insights to policy makers on how individual countries differ from one another, which options for decarbonization they have, and best practice examples of successful policies.

A key message from the project is that decarbonization of the transport sector can only be reached with a set of measures and fuel/energy options, of which biofuels constitute an important part. There is sufficient biomass available to support the large-scale roll-out of biofuels, and current vehicles can accommodate these amounts.

A webinar to launch the report on 17 November 2020 can be viewed by clicking here

Scenarios of CO2 Emissions from Road Transportation for Germany

Summary Report

Key Strategies in Selected Countries

Production Technologies and Costs

Scenarios and Contributions in Selected Countries

Deployment Barriers and Policy Recommendations