Yesterday, March 29 at 11:30 pm, I published the RD Law 10 / 2020 which came into force today, March 30, by which the government intensifies the confinement measures linked to the COVID-19 crisis, limiting work activities to the essentials.
We are aware that the list has been discussed for a long time and changed format throughout the weekend until its final version, in which, finally, there is no CNAE list of the activities considered essential.
Bioenergy: a basic service
Although the new norm does not expressly mention biofuels or the thermal energy that is generated with them, it is obvious that they constitute a basic necessity service as indicated in point 2 of the Annex of RD Law 10/2020 and as can be seen from the wording incomplete of article 17 of RD 463/2020.
Therefore, As representatives of companies and professionals in charge of supplying energy from biomass, we guarantee that they will continue working to provide heating, domestic hot water and process heat. to the confined population and to public services (hospitals, nursing homes, ...) and essential industries (agri-food, electricity, pharmaceuticals, ...) that use biofuels.
APROPELLETS and AVEBIOM, the main associations in the biomass sector, We reiterate our commitment and that of the associated companies to continue with the manufacture and supply of biofuels and with the complementary tasks (transport, boiler repairs, etc.) so that the supply of heat or electrical energy to all users is maintained. We ask the government to expressly include biofuels in the royal decrees to avoid confusion and problems for end users.
Royal Decree 463 / 2020, of March 14, declaring the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19.
Article 17. Guarantee of supply of electrical energy, products derived from petroleum and natural gas.
The delegated competent authorities may adopt the necessary measures to guarantee the supply of electricity, petroleum products, and natural gas, in accordance with the provisions of article 7 of Law 24/2013, of December 26, of the Electricity Sector, and in articles 49 and 101 of Law 34/1998, of October 7, on the hydrocarbon sector.
Real Decreto-ley 10/2020, of March 29, which regulates a recoverable paid leave for employed persons who do not provide essential services, in order to reduce the mobility of the population in the context of the fight against COVID-19
ANNEXED. The paid remuneration regulated in this royal decree-law will not be the object of application to the following employed persons:
2 point. Those that work in the activities that participate in the market supply chain and in the operation of the services of the production centers of basic goods and services, including food, beverages, animal feed, hygienic products, medicines, sanitary products or any necessary product for the protection of health, allowing the distribution of the same from the origin to the final destination.