In view of the debate on the use of biofuels from cultivated biomass, the Union zur Förderung von Oel-und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) has urged politicians to differentiate between the various types of feedstocks and their origins.
The negative image of palm oil should not lead to a situation where the sustained biomass potential available in Germany and the European Union is no longer fully utilised, the organisation stressed.
According to UFOP the contradiction could not be bigger. On the one hand, the regulatory requirements for biomass crop cultivation in the EU are significantly tightened as a result of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and stricter regulatory requirements for the use of fertilizers and crop protection products.
On the other hand, the EU Commission also questions the use of biofuels from biomass, even if the biomass used is produced in the EU.
For this reason, UFOP has welcomed that the Federal Ministry for the Environment's bill to implement the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) provides for phasing out the use of palm oil as a feedstock, because palm oil is associated with a high risk of generating indirect changes in land...
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