April 29, 2024

The Turin Joint Statement on Sustainable Biofuels

Turin, Italy — 28 April 2024

To Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA, and European Commission

We the undersigned, noting that, despite efforts to diversify energy sources, fossil fuels still meet 95% of the overall energy needs of the transport sector, which currently accounts for 26% of global final energy consumption and for 21% of CO2 emissions, with road transport being responsible for more than three-quarters of these emissions, we

  • Express our full support for ambitious climate and energy policies and the need to defossilize all modes of transport as an integral part of these ambitions.
  • View sustainable biofuels and related value chains among the main pillars of transport decarbonisation together with electrification, energy efficiency and other sustainable fuels.
  • Recognise that during the transition the role of each technology will vary over time and vary by country, as a reflection of its own resources, national context and sustainable development priorities.

We recognize and support statements and commitments in the G7 Hiroshima Leaders’ Communiqué, 2023 G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers’ Communiqué and the 2023 G7 Transport Ministers’ Communiqué to reduce GHG emissions from Aviation, Maritime and Road Transport, including:

  • Aviation: We commit to accelerate global efforts to achieve the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s goal of net-zero emissions in international aviation by 2050, including making an effort for promoting and introducing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
  • Maritime: We reaffirm our commitment to strengthen global efforts to achieve GHG lifecycle zero emissions from international shipping by 2050 at the latest.
  • Road Transport: We reaffirm our commitment to a highly decarbonized road sector by 2030. Noting that the global vehicle stock is over 15 times more than the new sales vehicles, we recognize the critical importance of swiftly and substantially reducing GHG emissions from the global fleet. We recognize the importance of assessing GHG emissions from the road sector across its entire life cycle, including raw material extraction, vehicle manufacturing, use and disposal or recycling, in order to realize a highly decarbonized road sector.

Jim Lane, The Daily Digest, biofuelsdigest.com

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