European Parliament Votes against First-Gen Biofuels
by Danny King (AutoBlog) Just 6 Percent of Euro Fuel Supply Can Come From Biofuel by 2020
European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted Tuesday to put a cap on how much of the continent’s fuel supply can come from so-called first-generation biofuels by the end of the decade, according to Brussels-based sustainable transportation advocate Transport & Environment (T&E). That cap was put at six percent of the total fuel supply in 2020. While that’s more than the 4.5 percent biofuels accounted for in 2011, a cap is still a cap.
T&E points out that European Union countries spent about 6 billion euros ($6.81 billion) subsidizing biofuels production in 2011. READ MORE and MORE (Transport and Environment) and MORE (Ethanol Producer Magazine) and MORE (Secretary-General of the European Commission) and MORE (Farmer’s Weekly) and MORE (Irish Farmer’s Journal)
Excerpt from Secretary-General of the European Commission: … The Commission regrets that, with regards to its original proposal, the Council position at first reading has significantly lowered the level of environmental ambition and contains no significant incentives for the transition towards advanced biofuels and other low-ILUC (or non-ILUC) options for using renewable energy in transport.
The elements in the Council text which jointly lead to a significantly lower level of environmental ambition are:
• increasing the cap for conventional biofuels to 7%2
• new multipliers for renewable electricity in rail
• reduced incentives for using advanced (low-ILUC) biofuels
• weakening the ILUC reporting requirements
The Commission also regrets, and strongly objects to, modifications introduced by the Council which reduce the level of environmental ambition of the overall renewable energy target set by the Renewable Energy Directive. Furthermore, the Council text removes a series of delegated acts, and converts others into implementing acts which is of serious concern for the Commission. READ MORE
Excerpt from Ethanol Producer Magazine: On Feb. 24, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament approved a draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative feedstocks, such as seaweed and waste. According to information released by the committee, the law aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission that result from the growing use of agricultural land to produce biofuel crops.
A statement released by the committee explains current legislation requires EU member states to ensure renewable energy accounts for at least 10 percent of transportation energy consumption by 2020. The draft law approved by the committee on Feb. 24 would place a cap on the contribution of first-generation biofuels, limiting them to 6 percent of final transportation energy consumption by 2020. A 1.25 percent goal would be specifically set for advanced biofuels sourced from seaweed or certain types of waste. READ MORE