German policy switch on biofuels sparks protest

Hauliers call for more time to recoup investment before tax incentives are replaced with biofuels obligation

German hauliers have protested against a plan by Germany's new government to scrap a tax incentive for transport biofuels and introduce instead a requirement for minimum levels of biofuels in petrol and diesel.

The switch was part of the SPD and CDU/CSU coalition contract and is aimed at boosting use of biofuels in transport more effectively. Like other EU countries, Germany is aiming to achieve the non-binding target of a 5.75% share of transport biofuels by 2010 set in the bloc's 2003 biofuels directive (EED 21/05/03).

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