EU parliament rejects palm oil import ban

MEPs says imports should instead apply sustainability certification criteria

The European parliament's plenary body last week rejected a call by its environment committee to ban all imports into the EU of biofuels derived from palm oil (EED 04/10/06). Adopting a non-legislative resolution on an EU strategy for biomass and biofuels proposed by the European commission (EED 08/02/06), MEPs said that, instead, all palm-oil based fuel imports to the EU should comply with sustainability criteria as part of a "comprehensive certification scheme". Meanwhile the commission looks set to propose a binding EU target of 14 per cent biofuels content in road transport fuels by 2020 in January. See European parliament biofuels resolution (from page 128).

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