Thursday, June 26, 2014

[biofuelwatch] Reports of EU Energy Council agreement on biofuels


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Edward Davey (The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Kingston and Surbiton, Liberal Democrat)

I am writing to report discussions at the Energy Council in Luxembourg on 13 June, where I represented the UK.
Under the first item on the agenda the Council reached political agreement on the Greek presidency's compromise text on the proposal to amend the renewable energy directive and the directive relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels. The proposal is intended to address indirect land use change (ILUC), which occurs when production of biofuels from crops grown on existing agricultural land results in the displacement of production on to previously uncultivated land.
I and several member states voted in favour while indicating disappointment with the agreement's lack of ambition. Other member states made a statement that the cap on first generation biofuels must not be lowered from 7% during negotiations with the European Parliament. While the UK has consistently argued for a 5% cap on the contribution from food-based biofuels and the introduction of ILUC factors and considers it regrettable that the cap on food crops in the Council proposal is as high as 7%, we supported the compromise package as it represented the best compromise possible and is preferable to the status quo that would place no restriction on the expansion of food-based fuels.


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Bearded wheat in Thésée, Loir-et-Cher, in France. [Sybarite48/Fotopedia].

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