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European Commission to Set Stricter Biofuels Rules

October 12, 2012
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

The European Commission will propose stricter rules for biofuels sustainability, when they meet on October 17, in order to ensure that biofuels used in the EU provide substantial greenhouse gas savings when compared to petrol or diesel. The new rules will now also take into account indirect land-use change emissions.

The proposal aims at shifting the use of biofuels from food-based biofuels towards increased use of advanced feedstock, like wastes, algae, straw etc. The new rules are also intended to incentivize the production of biofuels with low estimated indirect land-use change emissions.

The Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) and the Fuel Quality Directive (98/70/EC) put in place mandatory sustainability criteria for biofuels used in the EU. In these directives the methodology to determine the sustainability of biofuels takes into account emissions associated with direct land-use change and emissions coming from the production cycle. However, both directives have foreseen a review of the impact of indirect land-use change on greenhouse gas emissions and measures to minimize this impact.

For more information on EU biofuels policy see DG energy and DG climate action websites:

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/renewables/biofuels/biofuels_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/transport/fuel/index_en.htm

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