EU negotiators close to deal on biofuels

Trialogue talks on draft renewables law identify possible deal on biofuels, but no progress on review clauses

MEPs and EU governments are close to reaching a deal on proposals to boost consumption of biofuels within the bloc, as part of ongoing negotiations on a draft EU renewable energy directive, ENDS has learnt.

According to a source close to the parliament's lead negotiator – Luxembourg's Green MEP Claude Turmes – an agreement on the biofuel provisions in the draft law could be sealed by next week.

Key to any deal will be a willingness by EU governments to include the impact of indirect land-use change when calculating greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels (EED 11/02/08).  "We understand that more and more member states are ready to accept such a proposal", the source said.

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