BioGrace target groups
BioGrace addresses three target groups. These are:
1. European biofuel policy makers
Policy makers responsible for implementing the Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive into national laws are the first to benefit from the BioGrace greenhouse gas calcuation (GHG) tools. By making reference from national legislation to the list of standard values policy makers assure that GHG calculations will be performed by economic operators in a transparent and harmonised way. Thus verfication by auditors will be easy too. The more member states refer to the list of standard values the more verification of the mandatory biofuel sustainability criteria will be uniform within the European market.
During the project, we reach out to biofuel policy makers in all EU Member States and inform them. We therefore organise special policy makers' workshops.
Policy makers are asked to participate above all in the configuration of the list of standard values so that the list will correspond with the varying legal requirements of the member states.
In addition, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom cooperate with BioGrace for harmonising the user-friendly GHG calculators that each of the countries has been developing.
2. Economic operators
All entities that are involved in the production and distribution of biofuels will find guidance for calculating the GHG emission saving of their biofuel products by using the BioGrace calculation tools. These are e.g. the farmers that grow the crops, and the biofuel producers that produce biofuels from crops, residues or wastes, as well as the companies that distribute and sell biofuels either unblended or blended with fossil fuels. In the Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive these entities are referred to as "economic operators". Some of them will be obliged to perform own GHG calculations, others can do so if they want to prove that the saving value of their products is above the default value stated in the Directive.
3. Auditors, advisors, and certifiers
The third target group are auditors, advisors, and certifiers of voluntary sustainability schemes that are being hired by economic operators to help them perform or verify greenhouse gas emission calculations.
All target groups will be involved, in particular by inviting them to our workshops and asking them for feedback.