Turin Joint Statement on Sustainable Biofuels presented to G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Meeting

May 2024

The Turin Joint Statement on Sustainable Biofuels highlights the role of sustainable biofuels in decarbonising all transport sectors, promoting environmental sustainability, innovation, and creating value for communities.

Signed by more than 75 Industry Leaders, trade associations, and R&D organizations, the Statement focuses attention on actions that G7 countries can take to increase the pace and scale of sustainable biofuels deployment to be consistent with a net zero pathway by mid-century. The Statement was presented to the G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers’ Meeting in Turin, Italy on 29 April and was noted in their 2024 Communiqué published on 30 April. The Statement was the focus of the International Forum on Sustainable Biofuels held in Turin on 28 April that was organized by the Italian Ministry of Environment and Energy Security (MASE), the Politecnico di Torino and the Clean Energy Ministerial Biofuture Campaign.

The text of the Turin Joint Statement and list of Signatories can be found here: https://biofutureplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/TJS-w_-Signatories-UPDATED-20240430.pdf

The text of the G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué can be found here: https://www.g7italy.it/wp-content/uploads/G7-Climate-Energy-Environment-Ministerial-Communique_Final.pdf

Press release of the Clean Energy Ministerial Biofuture Campaign: https://biofutureplatform.org/news/turin-joint-statement-on-sustainable-biofuels-noted-in-the-2024-g7-climate-energy-and-environment-and-ministers-meeting-communique/

The undersigned organizations ask G7 Ministers to:

  • Recognise the contribution that sustainable biofuels can bring as part of systematic solutions to de-fossilize aviation, maritime and road transport, while generating co-products in the bio- and circular-economy area, recovering wastes and utilizing residues.
  • Design and implement predictable and long-term oriented policies, to facilitate the investments needed for the widespread deployment of innovative, sustainable biofuel technologies and value chains.
  • Support technology-agnostic, evidence-based policies that enable GHG emissions reductions from aviation, maritime and road transport based on a full Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach.
  • Empower consumers (B2B and private) to choose net-zero and circular products, based on transparent product and environmental carbon footprints, and lead the way through public procurement and private buyer initiatives endorsed by G7 governments.
  • Foster innovation across the bioeconomy, to expand biomass feedstock supply through innovation in agricultural markets and value chains such as the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices and crop rotations, cover cropping, inter-cropping and multi-cropping, yield improvements and crop production on marginal and degraded lands, and to commercialize new technologies that can convert a wider range of feedstocks including agricultural and woody residues into biofuels.
  • Create an environment that allows for exploring the productive synergies between biofuels, hydrogen and carbon capture usage and storage.
  • Build consensus regarding the use of carbon accounting and sustainability standards in policymaking, to reduce regulatory burdens, facilitate trade and increase confidence among consumers, policymakers, and investors regarding the benefits of biofuels across diFerent feedstocks, technology platforms, products and regions.
  • Support capacity-building initiatives and knowledge-sharing platforms to facilitate technology transfer, skills development, and best practices exchange among stakeholders in the biofuels sector.