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MEPs show support for food biofuels as RED II looms

29 Jun 2017 15:44 (+01:00 GMT)
MEPs show support for food biofuels as RED II looms

London, 29 June (Argus) — The European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety committee has signalled support for first generation biofuels, including ethanol, as a part of the EU transport energy mix in a vote passed today.

While the vote is not legally binding, it indicates the European Parliament's official position as MEPs consider amendments to the Renewable Energy Directive post-2020 (RED II), which is to be finalised on 5 July.

"MEPs also sent a clear signal that Europe should focus on phasing out fossil fuels as well as biofuels that drive deforestation, such as palm oil, but should not sacrifice sustainably produced European biofuels that have high GHG savings and low risk of indirect land use change," the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) said.

In November 2016, the European Commission tabled proposals for the gradual phase-out of food-based biofuels from 7pc in 2021 to 3.8pc in 2030.

The European Parliament has already said it would consider provisions in revised renewables legislation that could restrict imports of palm oil.

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