EU Biofuels’ Indirect Carbon Emissions Debate To Move Forward
(Wall Street Journal/Governors Biofuels Coalition) Top European Union policy makers will next week be faced with one of Europe’s most controversial climate policies, as they consider whether biofuels do more harm than good when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions.
The 27 European commissioners will for the first time discuss the issue all together at a regular meeting Wednesday, after diverging views among some members of the college put the EU in a deadlock and delayed action for months.
Brussels has been debating whether biofuels are better for the climate than conventional fuels, with some environmentalists calling for a radical rethink of EU.
…The energy department is still supporting the current EU policy and favors the use of biofuels, not only because it sees them as a good way to reduce CO2 emissions of the transport sector, but also as a way to reduce the bloc’s dependence on fuel imports.
The climate change department instead is more skeptical about their viability as it stresses climate change as the main objective and wants to account also for so-called “indirect” emissions caused by biofuels before continuing to allow their use in the EU. READ MORE and MORE (Greenpeace) and MORE (EurActiv) and MORE (Business Green) and MORE (Triple Pundit)