French, German Farmers Urge EU to Keep 7 Percent Biofuel Target
(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine) … UFOP and FOP focused their meeting in Berlin on the last energy proposals from the European Commission. In its “winter package,” the commission proposed to limit first-generation biofuels from 7 percent in 2020 to 3.8 percent in 2030. In addition, the commission proposed to introduce mandatory objectives for advanced biofuels in the same time it suppressed objectives in transport. The outlets of the oilseeds producers are directly threatened by these proposals. With no objectives in transport, the European Commission proposals could lead to the end of the first-generation sector and will lead to a fall in seed prices and to a retreat of the rapeseed acreage across Europe.
FOP and UFOP dispute the European Commission analysis and draw attention to the consequences for European agriculture. Indeed, the limitation of the first generation will result in a degradation of the already existing European deficit into plant proteins and will have an impact regarding diversity of the rotations. For FOP and UFOP, the European ambition displayed regarding renewable energy must result in the mandatory objective of 7 percent for the first-generation biofuels coproducing protein and feed, a long-term development plan for advanced renewable energies and the fixing of targets for transport. The advanced fuels will indeed not be available at a significant level before several years, their development is at best in progress and their profitability is not proven to date. Also UFOP and FOP stress that the first generation, which is not concurrent food production in Europe, with respect to a high level of sustainability, already exist and is necessary to the realization of ambitious renewable energy objectives, in particular for transport. READ MORE and MORE (Politico/Sponsored-Novozymes)