Volume 7, Issue 1
Published: January 21, 2013
The 5% equation

James Barrett takes a look at how Europe is reacting to the reduced first generation ethanol proposal brought to the table by the European Commission late last year


As we all enter a new year, a time for renewed hope and optimism as fresh plans begin to roll out, the European biofuels industry will still have half an eye on future horizons.

As all member states of the EU head towards the end of this decade and the imposed renewable energy targets each has been assigned to hit edge ever closer, several recent shifts on the legislative landscape could mean many producers will be looking at new ways to hit theirs.

One positive piece of news came last year in the shape of research carried out by renewable energy watchdog EurObserv’er as it calculated an almost 1% rise in the final gross renewable energy consumption across the 27 member states for 2011, up at 13.4%. Biofuels for transportation was reported to be up 3.1% during the same time period.

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