Ministers may push for lower EU renewables target

The 20% target for 2020 would be diluted under member states’ plan to double-count 'advanced' biofuels, outlined in a draft Lithuanian presidency text

The EU’s 20% renewable energy target for 2020 would be diluted under member states’ plan to double-count 'advanced' biofuels.

The UK is at the forefront of the push to water down the target using the planned revision of the Europe’s biofuels rules, sources say. EU energy ministers will hammer out a joint position on this issue on Thursday morning.

Under the latest draft text from the Lithuanian presidency of the EU, biofuels that could be double-counted towards countries’ overall renewables target would include those from algae, sewage sludge, straw and biowaste. Some member states are opposed to the double-counting provision, although others are said to be unlikely to oppose it.

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