France requires 60% GHG savings from ex-EU biodiesel imports

By 1 January 2018, France introduced a measure that biodiesel imports from outside the EU must have a minimum 60% greenhouse gas (GHG) savings value. It applies to plants that began operating from January 2008. This could have an impact on trade flows from Argentina because the majority of Argentina’s biodiesel production started operating after 2008. The default GHG value of Argentina’s SME falls short of the new requirement. Aspects like whether products with low GHG savings can be blended with higher GHG products to gain 60% before being imported need clarification.

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