Last ditch protest against ‘weak’ biofuel reform

Energy ministers have finalised their commitment to biofuels reform today, but several member states and the European Commission tabled reservations about the plan's environmental integrity

EU energy ministers have finalised their commitment to biofuels reform today, but several member states and the European Commission tabled reservations about the environmental integrity of the negotiating position.

The ministers endorsed a compromise reached in June, which sets a 7% cap on the amount of food-crop biofuels. Only Belgium voted against while Portugal abstained.

The European Commission in 2012 proposed that only 5% should be counted towards the EU’s sub-target for renewable energy in transport to tackle the problem of indirect land-use change.

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