FuelsEurope welcomes the Turin Joint Statement on Sustainable Biofuels to the G7 Environment Ministers

On 28 April 2024, at the Sustainable Biofuels International Forum held in Turin under the auspices of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, FuelsEurope, together with 75 industry representatives, signed the Turin Joint Statement and submitted it to the G7 Environment Ministers. The initiative was coordinated by the Clean Energy Ministerial Biofuture Campaign and Politecnico di Torino, and the Turin Joint Statement on Sustainable Biofuels was submitted to the G7 Environment Ministers that noted and included it in the G7 Energy Ministers Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué.

FuelsEurope welcomes the opportunity for industry and research & development bodies to present and highlight, at the occasion of the signature of the statement, to the G7 Ministers the role of sustainable biofuels in all transport sectors, promoting environmental sustainability, innovation, affordability, social and local value creation aspects in order to contribute to achieving the COP28 decarbonisation goal.

Gilberto Pichetto Fratin, The Italian Minister for the Environment, present at the event, declaredSustainable biofuels can and must make a fundamental contribution to the decarbonisation of the transport sector on a global level, bringing significant benefits: greater energy security, ease of integration into current logistics systems, fuel storage and distribution, and use in existing vehicles, promotion of a circular economy logic, and creation of value for local communities, favouring sustainable agricultural and forestry practices."

Liana Gouta, FuelsEurope Director General, explained that “Energy transition and climate neutrality cannot be achieved without renewable fuels, both bio and synthetic fuels. Unfortunately, sustainable biofuels’ role has been overlooked so far”. She also declareddecarbonising transport, and leaving no one behind, in any region of the world, requires a combination of clean molecules and green electrons.”

The Turin Joint Statement was then formally shared with G7 Environment Ministers for their consideration. In addition, the joint statement will be presented to the G20 Energy Minister’s Meeting on 4 October in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. The statement will be used to create synergies for the uptake and scale up of sustainable biofuels between the G7 and G20 in 2024 and beyond.