Κυριακή, 15 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

Energy ministers delay reform of EU biofuel rules

Posted on 6:35 π.μ. by ΣΠΙΘΑΣ

Press release - December 12, 2013
 
Brussels – " Energy ministers meeting in Brussels today increased EU biofuel policy uncertainty by delaying its reform. In doing so, they are failing in their duty to fix a policy which has a heavy toll on forests, climate and food security, Greenpeace warned.

The ministers were due to vote today on a proposal by the Lithuanian EU presidency that represents a serious deterioration of the original reform announced last year, according to Greenpeace [1]

The Lithuanian deal would have allowed for an increased use of biofuels produced from crops grown on farmland, despite the serious negative consequences that these fuels have due to their Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) effects [2]

The deal also contained a UK proposal to lower the overall EU 20% target for renewable energy by double counting the contribution from advanced biofuels that was criticised by many countries, including Germany.
The Lithuanian Presidency made too many concessions to hardliners like Poland and Hungary, which nonetheless in the end voted against the proposal. The issue will now be delayed into 2014..."
 
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