In August 2008, the consulting company ENERS Energy Concept, in collaboration with Alcosuisse, Fair Energy and Dr. E. Gnansounou, head of the Bioenergy and Energy Planning (BPE) research group of EPFL (former Laboratory of Energy Systems), set up a project of a label for liquid biofuels.
This initiative follows the entry into force on 1 July 2008 in Switzerland of the new mineral oil taxation Order (Oimpmin) and the discussions within the European Commission and Parliament regarding the Directive on the promotion of the use of renewable energy sources, which defines sustainability criteria applicable to biofuels.
Anticipating the application of sustainability criteria in the European Union (EU) and in agreement with the legislation in force in Switzerland, the present project aims at setting up a label for fuel-bioethanol (etha STAR) and fuel-biodiesel (fame STAR) for use in the EU and the Swiss vehicle fuel market. The label goes beyond minimum ecological and social requirements under EU and Swiss legislation and includes technical requirements, thereby providing end-users with quality fuel and guarantees of best-practise (ecologically and socially) along the production chain, from the field to the tank.
ENERS Energy Concept
Foundations of the establishment of labels for liquid biofuels