Sustainability of biofuels

FEDIOL has a long-standing commitment to sustainability and strives to ensure that EU policies provide coherent and consistent guidelines for environmental, social and economic sustainability.

As a supplier of vegetable oils to the biodiesel industry, FEDIOL is involved in multi-stakeholder platforms to promote sustainable agricultural practices and to foster sustainability along the global supply chains. Since 2007, FEDIOL is a member of Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS) and since 2010, an associate member of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). FEDIOL members are also involved in various other industry and civil society led sustainability initiatives. 

EU sustainability schemes

All vegetable oils supplied to the biodiesel industry need to meet the EU RED Sustainability Criteria, which include notably strict land-use and minimum emissions’ savings criteria.  The suppliers of feedstock throughout the biofuels’ chain need to comply with specific management systems and are verified by certification schemes approved by the European Commission. More information about the EU sustainability criteria and approved sustainability schemes can be found on the EC Transparency Platform

FEDIOL believes that it is crucial for the proper functioning of the EU Single Market as well as for the sustainability performance of the biofuels supply chain that the EC-approved voluntary schemes are mutually recognised and valid in all EU Member States.

In order to create a well-functioning and stable market for sustainable products, FEDIOL asks for rapid approval and recognition of voluntary schemes. While doing so, legislative restrains that put administrative burden on certification of sustainable goods must be avoided.