22 March 2011 16:18 [Source: ICIS news]
ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands (ICIS)--The European Commission is close to approving seven voluntary certification schemes before the end of April 2011 after they were submitted under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), Commission policy officer Ron van Erck said on Tuesday.
This was subject to agreement with the parliaments of the countries involved, van Erck added.
Speaking at the World Biofuels Markets conference in Rotterdam, van Erck said that the Commission was currently dealing with 30 initiatives, all “in different phases of development”, and that in total 17 schemes had been submitted for recognition.
The first batch of schemes, if and when they are approved, will be formally adopted in May or June 2011, van Erck said.
He was unable to name the schemes which were on the verge of being approved due to confidentiality reasons.
The RED is a directive introduced by the European Union whereby all biofuels need to meet strict sustainability and emissions criteria.
Voluntary certification schemes are an independent mechanism allowing countries to comply with RED criteria. The certification of the first seven schemes is eagerly anticipated as it will set a precedent for further submissions.
The conference runs from 22-24 March.
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