Governments still wary of EU fuel carbon target

Latest compromise proposal for fuel quality revision reveals "serious doubts" over 10 per cent reduction target

Several EU governments still have "serious doubts" over proposals to reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from transport fuels by 10 per cent over a decade. Their reservations appear in the latest compromise plan tabled by the Portuguese EU presidency.

The European commission proposed the lifecycle emission target earlier this year as part of a revision of the fuel quality directive. After early scepticism (EED 12/06/07) governments recently seemed to be converging in its support (EED 06/09/07).

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