Fuel Quality (Directive 2009/30/EC)

Name of policy Fuel Quality (Directive 2009/30/EC)
Jurisdiction Supranational region
Supranational region
Country European Union

Subnational region or state
City or local
Policy objective
  • Mitigation
  • Air pollution
Type of policy instrument
  • Regulatory Instruments
    • Codes and standards
      • Other mandatory requirements
      • Policy support
        Sector name
        • Transport
          Policy description "Suppliers should, by 31 December 2020, gradually reduce life cycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 10 % per unit of energy from fuel and energy supplied. This reduction should amount to at least 6 % by 31 December 2020, compared to the EU-average level of life cycle greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy from fossil fuels in 2010, obtained through the use of biofuels, alternative fuels and reductions in flaring and venting at production sites. Subject to a review, it should comprise a further 2 % reduction obtained through the use of environmentally friendly carbon capture and storage technologies and electric vehicles and an additional further 2 % reduction obtained through the purchase of credits under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol." (Source: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex:32009L0030)

          "Phasing in of 10% Ethanol (E10) petrol: To avoid potential damage to old cars, continued marketing of petrol containing maximum 5% ethanol guaranteed until 2013, with the possibility of an extension to that date if needed." "Increase of allowed biodiesel content in diesel to 7% (B7) by volume, with an option for more than 7% with consumer info." (http://www.biofuelstp.eu/biofuels-legislation.html)

          Sulphur content standards for both diesel and gasoline were also set.

          Policy type
          • Energy efficiency
          • Renewables
          • Nuclear or CCS or fuel switch3
          Policy stringency
          Implementation state Implemented
          Date of decision 2009
          Start date of implementation
          End date of implementation
          High impact GHG reduction
          Impact indicator

          Source or references http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex:32009L0030


          Supports policies
          Is supported by policies
          Comments (background and assessment)
          Status Final

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