Update on UK's RED II assurance recognition by European Commission
Following productive discussions with the Department for Transport (DfT), government officials communicated to AIC and other stakeholders on Friday (6 October) that a formal process through which Voluntary Schemes can be recognised in the UK is now being established.
AIC continues to engage with DfT to ensure that this process does not duplicate work already undertaken with the European Commission under RED II.
Meanwhile, positive talks have been held with the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) on the potential to achieve European accreditation by means of mutual recognition between accreditation bodies.
If achieved, this could represent a relatively quick and cost-effective way of maintaining UK access to the European biofuels market.
In the coming weeks, AIC and the other assurance schemes will meet with the European Commission to address concerns and seek an urgent resolution, with the express aim of mitigating the potential loss of assurance recognition at the end of 2023.
Collaboration and dialogue between the UK voluntary schemes, key government departments, industry trade associations and businesses continue to help resolve the matter.
Members and Participants will be kept up to date with developments.