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 .
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 .
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..."