Denmark approves 0.9 percent mandate for advanced biofuels

By Erin Voegele | December 19, 2016

On Dec. 15, the Danish Parliament voted to implement a 0.9 percent blending mandate for advanced biofuels in the transportation sector. The mandate is set to become effective in 2020.

“This is an ambitious and progressive decision taken today by the Danish government,” Thomas Schrøder, vice president of biorefining at Novozymes. “Together with conventional biofuels, advanced biofuels used in Danish vehicles are the most obvious way to reduce immediately C02 emissions from a sector, which accounts for one-third of all of the country’s emissions. By this agreement, Denmark has become a frontrunner—also with an advantage when the EU agrees on a longer-term mandate for advanced biofuels by 2030. The agreement sends a clear signal to the market and to investors; the technology for production of advanced biofuels is available today and the political framework now supports investments. It’s a good—green—day right before the holidays.”

Information published to the Danish Parliament website indicates 101 members of parliament voted in favor of the requirement, with nine voting against it and 70 absent.