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Volume 8, Issue 1
Published: January 16, 2014
Running on empty?

Full stomachs or full tanks? This is still the debate keeping the European biofuels industry in regulatory limbo

 

Lithuania, as the incumbent leader of the EU Council of Ministers presidency, presented a plan to the EU Energy Council just before last Christmas which proposed a rise in the amount of cropbased fuels allowed to count towards continent-wide renewable energy targets.

The country proposed a move from the current 6% mandate up to 7% while scrapping the recently added 2.5% sub-target contributed by second generation biofuels, plus halt mandatory reporting of indirect land use change (ILUC) and an expansion on which feedstocks could qualify for multiple counting.

But the vote last December went against this call as seven member states formed a blocking majority to reject this compromise package on all of the above as Lithuania’s energy minister Jaroslav Neverovic explained at the time: ‘Unfortunately we had quite an exotic coalition of those who are very ambitious in this respect and those who are not so ambitious, and therefore we did not reach a political agreement.’

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