Workshop on legislation in relation to cars and vans, renewables and fuel quality

Date: 13-14.04.2016
Place: Tirana, Albania
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

The 'car labelling Directive' (Directive 1999/94/EC) aims to raise consumer awareness on fuel use and CO2 emission of new passenger cars. By doing so consumers should be incentivised to purchase or lease cars which use less fuel and thereby emit less CO2. In turn it should provide an additional incentive to encourage manufacturers to take steps to reduce the fuel consumption of new cars. The 'car labelling Directive' as demand-side policy is considered an important complementary measure to help car manufacturers to meet their specific CO2 emission targets as set under Regulation (EC) 443/2009.

The Renewable Energy Directive establishes an overall policy for the production and promotion of energy from renewable sources in the EU. It requires the EU to fulfil at least 20% of its total energy needs with renewables by 2020 – to be achieved through the attainment of individual national targets. All EU countries must also ensure that at least 10% of their transport fuels come from renewable sources b.

Biofuels and bioliquids are instrumental in helping EU countries meet their 10% renewables target in transport. The Renewable Energy Directive sets out biofuels sustainability criteria for all biofuels produced or consumed in the EU to ensure that they are produced in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. Companies can show they comply with the sustainability criteria through national systems or so-called voluntary schemes recognised by the European Commission.

Member States may impose more stringent standards on fuels marketed on their territory in order to protect the environment or public health in a specific ecologically sensitive area, provided the measures are restricted to those areas and provided that the Commission is duly informed in advance.

Objectives of the workshop

Objective is to familiarise the beneficiary with the EU legislation on cars and vans, fuel quality and renewables, with a particular emphasis on the planning and preparation in the transposition and implementation of the relevant EU legislation.

Expected Results of the workshop

The expected results are:

  • Understanding of the EU regulatory architecture on legislation related to cars and vans;
  • Improved understanding of the required steps towards transposition and implementation of the obligations arising from the EU F-gases and ODS Regulations.