France Reconsiders Plans to Boost Biofuel Use

By Industry Week:

Country’s targets for incorporating biofuel elements into traditional fuel could result in large quantities of agricultural products being diverted from food use.

France said Wednesday it would reconsider its plans to further develop the use of biofuel, once seen as a potential source of cheap alternative energy but now blamed for soaring food prices.

France’s targets for incorporating biofuel elements into traditional fuel, “which could result in large quantities of agricultural products being diverted from food use, should be put up for discussion,” Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said.

He made the comment in a report on the new government’s action plan for agriculture.

That plan, presented Wednesday to the cabinet, calls for a 7% cap on the incorporation into traditional fuel of so-called first generation biofuel, which is made from the sugars and oils found in arable crops.

This should not have any effect on the “E10” biofuel available at filling stations in France, which contains up to 10% ethanol… Read more

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