Dutch authorities uncover ‘large-scale’ biodiesel fraud

Fuel is being passed off as sustainable with forged certification

The Netherlands’ environment and transport inspectorate (ILT) says it has carried out several raids over allegations of fraudulent certificates covering the sustainability of biodiesel. 

In a statement issued this week, the ILT said the raids took place in the “east of the country at a business location and in various residential houses”.

The statement did not give further details about the company or individuals involved, but did confirm that no arrests were made at this stage.

According to the statement, the alleged fraudsters were making “great financial gains” through passing off non-sustainable biodiesel as sustainable. The ILT also said it was the second time it had investigated biodiesel-related fraud after a similar investigation in the spring of last year.

That investigation followed ILT research published five years ago, which claimed 38% of declared CO2 emission reductions was actually not achieved at all due to forged proof of sustainability (PoS) certificates. In 2016 this percentage was cut to 27%, according to the ILT.

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