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Tuesday, 03 September 2013

Biofuels: Final vote in the European Parliament

At the full plenary session of the European Parliament, taking place on 11-12 September in Strasbourg, the proposal to cap traditional biofuel production and accelerate the switchover to a new generation of products from other sources, such as seaweed and or certain types of waste will be put to a plenary vote.
On 11 July 2013, the Environmental Commission of the European Parliament passed a draft paper that capped the share of first-generation biofuels, produced from food and energy crops to 5.5% of total energy consumption for transport purposes by 2020 (the European Commission had proposed a 5% cap). Also on the occasion, the it was voted that advanced biofuels produced from other sources, such as seaweed or certain types of waste, must account for no less than 2% of consumption by 2020.
These measures integrate in the European policy framework which stipulates that renewable energy sources account for at least 10% of transport fuel use by 2020.
The Parliament's Environment Committee has also supported the introduction of so called indirect land use change (ILUC) factors that is reported to account for the climate impacts of deforestation triggered by the expansion of biofuels.
On the occasion of the final vote on 11 September, other Committees in the Parliament (e.g. the one for Industry, Research and Energy) are expected to represent a different position, opposing ILUC factors and watering down the cap on food for fuel, Friends of the Earth note.

Source: Friends of the Earth, European Parliament