Ministerial misgivings over EU fuel emission plan

Environment council says obstacles remain life-cycle carbon reduction target implementation; Portugal says no deal before year-end

EU environment ministers still have significant concerns about plans to set fuel suppliers a target to cut life-cycle carbon emissions from road fuels, it emerged from their first public discussion of draft new legislation in Luxembourg on Tuesday. There will be no political agreement on the plans before the end of the year.

The environment council discussed the European commission's draft revision proposals for the EU fuel quality directive. This would require suppliers to reduce life-cycle emissions by 10 per cent over a decade, by improving supply-chain efficiency or increasing biofuel sales.

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