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Austria to end crediting biofuels from palm oil in July

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The accounting of biofuels with a high risk of indirect land use change (iLUC) will end in Austria on 1 July.
The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) welcomed the regulation of the Austrian Federal Government, pointing out that the draft law submitted by the German Federal Government at the end of 2020 to implement RED II provides for the exclusion of biofuels from palm oil.
From 2025, according to the draft, the crediting of biofuels from palm oil to the GHG quota would no longer be possible.
In France, the accounting of biofuels from palm oil ended on 1 January 2020.
The world's largest palm oil producers, Malaysia and Indonesia, are opposed to this exclusion.
Indonesia initiated proceedings at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in November last year and Malaysia last month against the exclusion regulations in RED II.
Discussions on this issue are now also taking place at the EU level at the level of foreign ministers.
A meeting at the end of December was attended by the foreign ministers of the 10 ASEAN countries and their counterparts from the EU.
The negotiating partners agreed to set up a working group to address "the challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the vegetable oil sector".
The UFOP fears that against the background of economic interests, the exclusion regulation could be overturned.