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15.11.2017

E-fuels are necessary to meet EU’s transport sector climate goals

New study by the German Energy Agency (dena) and Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) on behalf of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) – E-fuels massively reduce CO2 across entire transport sector – Policymakers should draw up a strategic agenda.

A new study by the German Energy Agency (dena) and Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) on behalf of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) was published in Berlin on 8 November 2017. The study “E-fuels – The potential of electricity-based fuels for low emission transport in the EU” investigated the future energy requirements of Europe's transport sector and thus the extent to which capacity for generating renewable energy needs to be expanded as a result. This then provided a basis for analysing the level of investment required to achieve a 95-percent reduction in transport-induced greenhouse gas emissions. According to the study, Europe’s technological potential for renewable electricity production is currently sufficient to satisfy long-term demand for transport energy and e-fuels. However, this presupposes a massive expansion of electricity production from renewable sources. An e-fuels roadmap is urgently required at the national, EU and international level to ensure capacity is available in good time and on a requisite scale. Policymakers and industry should therefore draw up a strategic agenda for technology and market development and e-fuel regulation. A cross-industry e-fuel platform would help to initiate and coordinate this process in good time.

Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) had already prepared two fuel studies on behalf of the FVV in 2013 and 2016, which consider power transmission and fuel scenarios for 2050 under the boundary condition of carbon neutrality

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