PESOENReacting to the vote in European Parliament today to impose a 6% limit on the use of biofuels from arable crops and ILUC factors, Copa-Cogeca warned that the move threatens the future of the EU biofuels industry and ignores the reality of biofuel production, as well as market stability, green growth and threatens animal feed supplies.


Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said: “Farmers and industry have invested huge amounts of money in the sector after the EU institutions agreed in 2006 to ensure that 10% of transport fuels come from renewable energy sources by 202o. A U-turn in their approach to reduce this limit to 6% is totally unacceptable”. The move jeopardises the EU’s energy and climate change targets, feed supplies for animals and 200, 000 jobs mostly in rural areas.


He insisted: “ The co-products from conventional biofuel production, such as rapeseed meal, beet pulp and dried distillers grains play an important role on the feed protein market and in the EU food chain, where the EU is facing an ever-increasing shortage. Conventional biofuel production is an efficient way to rebalance the EU’s plant protein deficit , increase the stability of the commodity markets and prices for consumers and farmers and make full use of the EU production capacity to stimulate green growth in rural area “. A new study also shows that the EU is not threatening food supplies nor causing food price hikes in the rest of the world through biofuels production.


He continued “For these reasons, the share of biofuels from arable crops must be increased to at least 8% and all wastes and residues must be included in the advanced biofuel target”.


Furthermore, Copa-Cogecas rejects the introduction of iLUC factors for reporting in both of the EU directives as there is a lack of sound and relevant science. The model used is not transparent and not suitable for precisely estimating the extent of land use change and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions, due to critical data errors and important methodical problems. Multiple counting must also be rejected as it misleads the consumer on the true level of renewable sources.


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