Bellona: EU Parliament concludes synthetic low carbon fuels should indeed be low carbon
"Yesterday, the European Parliament voted on the use of renewable energy in the coming decade. Of all the big issues on the radar, the Parliament caught the one that tried to fly under it – synthetic fossil fuels. Produced by using massive amounts of renewable energy and fossil CO2 from industrial sources, the fuel would be emitting that same fossil CO2 back to the atmosphere from the tailpipe of the car it’s combusted in. By requiring the use of CO2 captured from the ambient air for its production, the Parliament ensured that the so called synthetic low carbon fuel indeed remains low carbon. However, much remains wanting in the renewable energy directive, but in this regard the Parliament move prevents CO2 laundering and false climate accounting of new synthetic fossil fuels."