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Europeans Want EU Policy to Promote First-Generation Biofuels, New Survey Finds

Submitted by on January 24, 2017 – 4:23 pmNo Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Europeans overwhelmingly support the use of conventional biofuels made from crops and believe EU policy should encourage it, according to an EU-wide opinion survey released today (23 January, 2017).

More than 69% of Europeans surveyed say conventional biofuels should be encouraged, while just 15% think they should not, according to the EuroPulse poll of 11,283 respondents in 28 EU countries. The survey also found that 68% of Europeans favour EU policies to support crop-based conventional biofuels, while just 12% are against such policies.

The new poll was conducted in December 2016 by German research firm Dalia, and commissioned by ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association.

The findings also re-confirm the Commission’s own research in the last major EU-wide survey of public opinion on this issue: the EU’s 2010 Eurobarometer Biotechnology poll. That survey also found “broad support for biofuels” and that “a large majority of Europeans (72%) feel that biofuels should be encouraged and only 20% hold the opposite view.”

Road transport is currently 95% reliant on oil and accounts for 20% of EU emissions.But rather than ensuring the growth of realistic renewable and low-carbon energy sources in transport by 2030, the Commission’s proposal is counterproductive to the EU’s climate and energy goals, discourages investment in new technology and ignores the Commission’s own science.   READ MORE / MORE and MORE (Biodiesel Magazine) and MORE (Politico)

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