CEN European Committee for Standardization - Biofuels

  • Europewide

The development of European Standards is an important element in the creation and expansion of the European market for biofuels. European standardization is also important in relation to sustainability and the use of biofuels as a blend component for regular fuel. The European Commission works closely with CEN for the development and continuous improvement of standards for biofuel use in automotive engines via various tools such as mandates, studies and contracts.

CEN Technical Committees related to biofuels:

  • CEN/TC 19 - Gaseous and liquid fuels, lubricants and related products of petroleum, synthetic and biological origin
  • CEN/TC 335 - Solid biofuels
  • CEN/TC 383 - Sustainably produced biomass for energy applications
  • CEN/TC 408 - Project Committee - Natural gas and biomethane for use in transport and biomethane for injection in the natural gas grid

Relevant standards include:

EN590 (biodiesel)
EN14214 (FAME)
EN228, EN15736 (bioethanol)

CEN/TC 19/WG 41 is currently developing standards for fast pyrolysis oils in response to EC mandate M/525 (2013). Three standards will be developed for replacement of heavy fuel oil, light fuel oil and for use of bio-oils in stationary combusiton engines. Later, two furtrher technical specifications may also be introduced for use of fast pyrolysis oils as gasfication feedstocks and for mineral oil refinery co-processing, as and when required.

  • Fuel standard
Start Date - Duration:
01 January 2002 - Ongoing
Lead organisation / administrator:
CEN European Committee for Standardization
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