Reducing emissions from the transport sector is set to be a key theme of the EU in 2010 as it aims to achieve its 2020 objectives and provide global leadership on climate change. At the same time, the EU needs to ensure energy security and clean air for Europe's citizens, while developing an innovative and competitive industrial base.
Synthetic fuels can help deliver these benefits today, since they can be used in existing diesel engines and can contribute towards greenhouse gas reduction, improving air quality and the diversification of the EU's energy supply. These fuels include GTL (Gas to Liquid), HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) and BTL (Biomass to Liquid).
The lunch debate will be an opportunity to hear about the potential offered by synthetic fuels. This will be followed by a discussion of the policy options available to support the penetration of innovative alternative fuels and energy technologies.
There will be a presentation on synthetic fuels by ASFE member companies followed by a debate with Members and the Spanish Presidency, moderated by EP Vice-President Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
We hope you can join us for what promises to be a stimulating exchange of views on paths towards sustainable mobility in the EU.