Irish MEP Criticises RED II Biofuel Phase Out
(Biofuels International) MEP Sean Kelly, the lead negotiator for the largest group in the European Parliament on the Renewable Energy Directive, has heavily criticised the European Commission’s proposal to phase out conventional biofuels made from food or feed crops.
Proposed changes to the Renewable Energy Directive, dubbed ‘RED II’, would see a gradual phase out of crop-based biofuels such as ethanol from the European fuel mix.
Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 3 July, Kelly, the MEP for Fine Gael, commented: “While I welcome much of what is included in the Commission’s proposal on Renewables, I cannot accept the Commission’s proposal on biofuels. This proposal limits the options to decarbonise the transport sector and would probably increase the share of fossil fuels in our energy mix.”
Kelly acknowledged the importance of ensuring the sustainability of biofuels, but stressed the need to distinguish between biofuels that complied with sustainability criteria, and those that don’t.
“We have a protein shortage for animal feed already in Europe and protein is a by-product of many of the sustainable feedstock produced by European farmers. Therefore I propose that biofuels that meet strict sustainability criteria and also generate protein for animal feed as a by-product must not be subject to the cap. This will increase efficiencies and reward EU farmers for their sustainable production.” READ MORE