European Union plans to trim biofuel targets to combat global warming

By The Raw Story:

The European Union plans to trim targets on biofuel use, once seen as a potential source of cheap alternative energy but now widely blamed for soaring food prices, according to a draft proposal.

In 2009, the EU fixed a target for renewables to account for 20 percent of all the bloc’s energy consumption and 10 percent in the transport sector, with biofuels set to play a growing role.

The aim was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, seen as responsible for global warming.

But a draft EU proposal seen by AFP on Tuesday said some biofuel production was failing to deliver hoped-for reductions in greenhouse gases because changing land use to grow crops for energy had its own adverse impact on emissions.

Emissions driven by land use change “can vary substantially … and can negate some or all of the greenhouse gas savings of individual biofuels relative to the fossil fuels they replace,” it said.

Accordingly, the draft suggested that by 2020 biofuels should account for 5.0 percent of transport sector energy use, up from the current 4.5 percent… Read more

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