Country

Europe

Date

12/09/2013

Entity

European Parliament

Product

Biofuels

Category

Policy

Summary

European Parliament votes a limitation of food crops based biofuels contribution to renewable energy targets

European Parliament voted on 11 September a ceiling of the contribution of food crops based biofuels at 6% of overall transport fuel demand in European Union.

The European Union had voted in 2009 the Renewable Energy Directive that sets a target of 10% of renewable energy in transport by 2020, most of which was likely to be achieved through the use of biofuels.

Parliament vote results from the debate on the indirect impact of "first generation" biofuel development on food prices and land use change (ILUC mechanism) with possible negative impacts on greenhouse  gas emissions.

The Parliament also set a specific target of 2.5% for advanced biofuels made from waste or microalgae and backed an amendement forcing energy companies from 2020 to take into account the emissions induced by indirect land use change.

With first generation biofuel consumption already at around 5% of total EU transport demand, and with almost enough installed production capacityto  meet the 10% target, a limit of 6% is likely to stop further expansion of this industry.

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European Parliament votes a limitation of food crops based biofuels contribution to renewable energy targets

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