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Decree-Law No. 117/2010, regulating sustainability criteria for production and use of biofuel and bio liquids, amended by Decree-Law 6/2012 and Decree-Law 8/2021

legislation type Executive
Decree Law
Passed in 2010
This Decree-Law establishes sustainability criteria for production, marketing and use of biofuel and bio liquids and defines the limits of mandatory incorporation of biofuels from 2011 to 2020.
 It sets a goal for the incorporation of biofuels for each year, which is obligatory for the entities providing fuels for consumption. In terms of energy content, the goals are as follows: 5.0% for 2011 and 2012; 5.5% for 2013 and 2014; 7.5% for 2015 and 2016; 9.0% for 2017 and 2018; 10.0% for 2019 and 2020. From 2015 onwards there will also be a specific target of 2.5% of energy content for incorporating diesel substitute biofuels.
 To prove compliance with the goal, incorporators have to submit a sufficient number of biofuel incorporation certificates (TdB) every year for cancellation. One TdB corresponds to 1 toe of biofuels introduced into consumption. Biofuels will have to comply with sustainability criteria in order to be eligible for TdBs.
 With regard to Small Dedicated Producers (SDP), Order No 320-E/2011 of 30 December 2011, which regulates Article 90(4) of the CIEC, stipulates the terms by which SDPs can continue to benefit from ISP exemptions. The biofuels they produce must comply with the sustainability criteria but are not entitled to TdBs.

Decree-Law 8/2021 proceeds to update the targets for incorporating biofuels into fuels for consumption in the national territory for 2021.


  • Entites that provide diesel must have, out of the total volume of diesel in the land transport sector, 6.75% biodiesel by 2014.
    Transport | Target year: 2014
  • Sets a national minimum target of 0.5 percentage points in energy content from biofuels produced from raw materials and other fuels listed in Part A of Annex IV by 2020.
    Transport | Target year: 2020
  • The share of energy from the biofuels mentioned in target ID 3 cannot exceed 7% of the final energy consumption in transport.
    Transport | Target year: 2020
  • Entities that provide road fuels for consumption must achieve the following targets for biofuel content (with the exception of LPG and natural gas): (a) 2011 and 2012 - 5%; 2013 and 2014 - 5.5%; 2015 and 2016 - 7.5%; 2017 and 2018 - 9%; 2019 and 2020 - 10%
    Transport | Target year: 2020
  • Sets a target for 31% of final consumption of energy to be from renewable sources by 2020 (fulfilling the objectives under an EU Directive and Portgual's National Strategy for Energy 2020)
    Energy | Target year: 2020
  • Set a target for 10% of final energy consumption in the transport sector to come from renewable energy sources by 2020
    Transport | Target year: 2020
  • 6.75% or more biodiesel in diesel in land transport by 2014
    Transportation | Base year target | Target year: 2014 | Base year: 2014
  • 10% transportation energy from renewables by 2020
    Transportation | Base year target | Target year: 2020 | Base year: 2020
from the Grantham Research Institute
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