Friday, 27 September 2013

Governments fear the collapse of the bio-fuels industry

Several European governments fear the collapse of the bio-fuels industry because they had already invested in the feedstock-based fuels before the EU began advocating a move away from them, reports Euractiv. On Wednesday,11,September,2013 The European Parliament (EP) voted to limit the use of fuels made from food crops to 6% of overall transport fuel demand in the European Union in 2020 because of fears that bio-fuels can push up grain prices or damage the climate.

Various bio-fuels are blended with conventional transport fuels and added to vehicle fuel tanks. They were intended to reduce transport carbon emissions and cut Europe's dependence on imported oil. But faced with claims that Europe's thirst for bio-fuels was increasing global food prices, and scientific evidence that some bio-fuels are more harmful to the climate than even conventional fossil fuels, the Commission reconsidered the use of bio-fuels.

Source: Euractiv