Concerns EU’s Renewable Energy Directive Breaks Rules Of Free Trade
(Eurasia Review) The European Union renewable energy regulation may became a subject of dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO), warned Monday the Globalization Institute, adding that lack of transparency and discrimination towards foreign biofuel suppliers cause the Renewable Energy Directive to break the WTO provisions on free trade.
“The directive demands new standards for the biofuels development in order to obtain a substantial reduction of greenhouse gases emissions. However, there is a constant mess about European environmental policy”, according to Dr. Tomasz Teluk, President of the Globalization Institute. “There is no certainty that the raw materials promoted by Eu politicians provide the highest possible emission savings”, he added.
In the opinion of the Globalization Institute the directive prefers certain kinds of biofuels, mostly the ones based on the rapeseed oil, and discriminates therefore against the other suppliers who base their biofuels on soybean oil, palm oil, or sugar cane. This sort of activity may result in bitter conflict in the WTO between EU and such countries as Brazil, United States of America, or Asian countries, according to the Institute. READ MORE