The Brussels Biofuels Debate, Part III: MEP Vidal-Quadras Scraps ‘Deficient’ ILUC Factors From Commission’s Proposal
(The Oil Palm) Spanish MEP and Draftsman for the influential Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), Alejo Vidal-Quadras, has dismissed the European Commission’s proposal to introduce Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) factors as part of therevision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).
MEP Vidal-Quadras’ report, submitted to the ITRE Committee in the European Parliament, states that, ‘not enough scientific evidence is available to introduce ILUC factors into EU legislation’ and recognizes that the introduction of an arbitrary ILUC factor would compromise the survival of the European biofuels industry and undermine the European Union’s greenhouse gas reduction targets. MEP Quadras points out that ILUC is an untested science and that calculations remain, ‘vulnerable to the deficiencies and limits of themodels used to give a specific value of emissions derived from ILUC to the different types of crops’.
The Report produced by MEP Vidal-Quadras outlines a far more constructive approach to biofuels policy. Instead of discriminating against first generation and foreign-sourced biofuels like palm oil, MEP Quadras scraps the arbitrary target set by the European Commission and reprimands the Commission for overlooking increased yield performance and production of co-products in biofuel production when analyzing GHG emissions. READ MORE