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Europe Takes Another Step Toward Capping First-Generation Biofuels

Europe Takes Another Step Toward Capping First-Generation Biofuels

In line with the Union’s climate targets, European member states will need to source 10 percent of their transport fuel from renewable sources by 2020. No more than 6 percent of that amount will be sourced from conventional biofuels if the cap bill is passed into law following the next legislative step, which would normally be a negotiation between the parliamentary rapporteur and the Council of Europe. However, some MEPs have asked for a second reading of the bill. According to activist group Birdlife Europe, this means that “the ball is kicked into the long grass” and a resolution on the issue is unlikely before Parliamentary elections in May 2014. The cap appears to have been a compromise between two separate proposals to amend 2009’s biofuels law, put forward by different factions. The parliamentary environment committee voted in July to impose a 5.5 percent cap on con...

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