EU energy from renewable sources

Today the proposed directive for mastering CO2 in Europe was announced by commissioners Barroso and Dimas.

http://www.erec.org/fileadmin/erec_docs/Documents/2008_res_directive_en.pdf

It became far more complex than I would have expected (by the bits and peaces that were discussed beforehand). I will therefore have to come back on my understanding of the deeper consequences for public transports and buses.

One would spontaneously think that energy efficient transports such as buses should be promoted by a directive that target decreased use of fossil fuel. But, after a first glance I am not so sure.

The proposal goes very far in taking responsibility for what is considered to be good and bad when it comes to alternative fuels, but there seem to be an opening for revaluating technologies. Interestingly the proposal describes fuel properties such as cetane number of diesel, that are standardised in thoroughly controlled agreements.

Spontaneously, feel that such technical properties of fuels does not belong in a directive. I would have preferred a far more technology neutral approach, pinpointing the objectives rather than the rout and letting the market decide which actions that are most cost efficient.

I feel that we will have good reasons to come back to the proposed directive, many times in the future… but now I will have to leave the screen for a while for a game of unihockey with my old mates.

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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