EU Commission raises queries over reliability of biofuel policy

By UFOP, Biodiesel Magazine:

The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants e.V. (UFOP) considers the proposals announced by the EC’s General Directorate (GD) for Climate Policy to be a complete renunciation of a reliable, future-oriented climate and biofuel policy.

It is unfortunate that despite all of the evidence available, the GD for Climate Policy is determined to introduce charges for greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels. This should take into consideration the hypothesis that, for example, rapeseed cultivation for the production of biodiesel has taken over areas allocated to other purposes in the EU, such as those cleared for the cultivation of palm oil plantations. UFOP points out critically that a cause-and-effect relationship for these indirect land-use changes (ILUC) cannot so far be scientifically proven. Rapeseed cultivation in the EU would be particularly affected by the introduction of these so-called “ILUC factor” charges… Read more

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