Starting from the early 2000’s, encouragement to utilize biofuel has been an essential part and priority of the climate and energy policy in the European Union. In the EU’s estimation, biofuel as an alternative fuel source are clearly beneficial in improving the safety of energy supply and fighting climate change, while also contributing to pollution reduction in cities, while also aiding the economy in rural regions. The EU estimates that the first generation biofuel (including rapeseed based biodiesel) reduces CO2 emissions by 60%, when compared to conventional fossil fuels. Seeing as the vast majority of diesel-fueled vehicles can use fuel with biodiesel additives, the product from MESTILLA reduces the amount of imported and non-renewable petroleum products in fuel by 7%.
The raw material used in the production of biodiesel is not only renewable, but natural and plant-based, as well as grown by Lithuanian farmers. For this reason, every liter of diesel fuel with biodiesel mixed in encourages and strengthens the Lithuanian agriculture sector, business, and the economy in the country’s rural regions.
The EU also aims to raise the utilization of biofuels in transportation to 14% by 2030. Currently, MESTILLA produces biodiesel from rapeseeds, which is a sustainable and 100% renewable material; however, the company is determined to increase its contribution to sustainable energy by including new vegetable-based products or food production waste.
The conclusion is that biodiesel produced from rapeseeds fits the lofty principles of circular economy, because the process of its production results in only valuable products that are used in other sectors.