The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) today brought together experts from industry, science and trade associations for the first Renewable Fuels conference.

Around 600 specialists, 130 of whom were on site in Berlin, discussed prospects, framework conditions and measures for the funding of renewable fuels in Germany and Europe.

The conference was opened by Oliver Luksic, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, along with Uta Maria Pfeiffer, Head of the Mobility and Logistics Department at the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

Oliver Luksic: “We need renewable fuels to achieve the climate targets in transport. Germany is already an international pioneer in the field of innovative generation technologies for renewable fuels. We want to increase the competitiveness of e-fuels and advanced biofuels. That’s why the BMDV is fostering the further development and market ramp-up of renewable fuels through the Renewable Fuels overall concept. Our goal is to bolster technology leadership in this future market.“

The Renewable Fuels conference was organized by NOW GmbH, which coordinates the implementation of the Renewable Fuels overall concept and the associated funding measures on behalf of the BMDV.

Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, CEO and Spokesperson of NOW GmbH: “Renewable fuels have huge potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector and are simultaneously an important building block for a climate-neutral and resilient complete energy system. Today’s conference has illustrated the extent of the expertise and commitment that exists in Germany for this purpose. It’s an excellent basis for the climate and industrial policy ambitions of the federal government.”

Funding in focus

One focus of the conference was the funding of renewable fuels by the BMDV. Oliver Luksic, on behalf of the Federal Minister for Digital and Transport, Dr. Volker Wissing, presented subsidy notices, totalling around 70 million euros, to seven projects as part of the “Development of Renewable Fuels” funding guideline. In addition, the successful application was officially announced in the competitive selection process for a development platform for power to liquid fuels. The funding will be allocated to the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Current regulatory developments were also discussed, along with opportunities and challenges for the industry.


BMDV funding of renewable fuels

The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) funds renewable fuels with a technology-neutral overall concept on renewable fuels, across all transport modes. It is accompanied by regulatory measures of the federal government. The BMDV supports development and demonstration projects within this framework to address the technical challenges of market entry of renewable fuels. Under the Renewable Fuels overall concept, around 1.9 billion euros will be made available between 2022 and 2026. Detailed information on the implementation of the overall concept can be found on the website:


Image source: Franz Josef, Berlin


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