EU renewable ethanol part of solution for Europe’s food security and fossil-free energy

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ePURE has rubbished claims made by Transport & Environment about the European biofuels lobby taking advantage of people’s concerns over fuel prices.
A new study by T&E, reported in Biofuels International last week, has provided evidence that crops are needed much more for food than fuel, and that using biofuels will exacerbate an already dire food crisis following war in the breadbasket of Europe.
ePURE has denied calling for a massive increase in biofuels but says it has only highlighted the contribution that biofuels make to energy and food independence and urged Member States to refrain from unilateral actions to reduce this contribution.
The organisation pointed out that new data from European Commission show EU agriculture sector’s ability to absorb market shocks, and forecast a reduction of cereals use for renewable ethanol.
New figures from the European Commission confirm the EU agriculture sector’s ability to meet food supply needs and allay concerns that demand for renewable biofuels will cause strain on the market.
In its short-term outlook for EU agricultural markets in 2022, the Commission once again confirms the EU has no shortage of supply of food, but rather is largely self-sufficient “with a massive agri-food trade surplus” enabling the Single Market to absorb the shocks related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“EU renewable ethanol producers stand in solidarity with Ukraine,” said Simona Vackeová, Secretary-General ad interim of ePURE. “Russia’s invasion has highlighted the urgency of supporting EU food and energy security by mobilising an array of domestic resources. The European renewable ethanol industry already plays a strategic role in this as an important domestic source of high-protein animal feed and other products that reduce the need for EU feed and food imports.”