PSA Peugeot Citroën and the Fédération Nationale des Syndicats d’Exploitants Agricoles (FNSEA), France’s largest farmers’ union, are in discussions to jointly develop biofuels.
The discussions fall into line with the objectives of the European Union directive on renewable energies, which has set a target of sourcing at least 10 per cent of land transport fuel from renewables by 2020.
FNSEA confirmed that French and other European agricultural resources are sufficient to deploy biofuel solutions without disrupting food supplies for the domestic or export markets. Furthermore, producers are said to have the necessary capacity to reach the 10 per cent target.
For its part, PSA Peugeot Citroën reaffirmed its commitment to the use of biofuels, which offer an additional strategic path in the group’s approach to carbon-free vehicles. The group also emphasised the importance of making B10 – a 10 per cent biodiesel blend – available quickly. The group estimates that Peugeot and Citroën vehicles using 10 per cent biofuel would save more than 800,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
‘Internal combustion engines will still represent 85 per cent of the market in 2020,’ said Philippe Varin, chairman of the PSA Peugeot Citroën Managing Board. ‘Biofuels, combined with the innovative technologies that we are developing, should help us to reach Europe’s ambitious objective of bringing CO2 emissions down to less than 95g/km by then.’