European Parliament Environment Committee supports sustainable biofuels in Europe

WWF, as well as several social and environmental groups, have expressed concerns about the indirect impacts caused by the production of land- and food crop-based biofuels.  © Istockphoto / Andrey Stenkin

Brussels, Belgium: WWF welcomes the European Parliament Environment Committee's decision today to support more sustainable biofuels in Europe and to cap the use of not only crop-based but all land-based biofuels in the final energy consumption in transport by 2020. MEPs also took the important step of including the accounting of climate impacts of biofuel emissions from indirect land-use change (ILUC) in both the Fuel Quality Directive and the Renewable Energy Directive.

Commenting on today's vote, Imke Lübbeke, Renewable Energy Senior Policy Officer at WWF European Policy Office said:

"The Environment Committee has taken an important step towards ensuring more sustainable biofuels in Europe.

By deciding to apply the full accounting of climate impacts of biofuel emissions from indirect land-use change to the two relevant laws, MEPs gave the market the right incentives to provide cleaner biofuels.

As the amendments adopted today will be discussed with the Industry and Energy Committee before the crucial plenary vote in early autumn, MEPs of the ENVI Committee must stand firm and defend their commitment to better biofuels in Europe."

ENDS

Further information:

Imke Lübbeke
Senior Policy Officer Renewable Energy
WWF European Policy Officer
iluebbeke@wwf.eu
Phone:+32 2 743 8818
Mobile:+32 4 99 538 733

Audrey Gueudet
Climate & Energy Media and Communication Officer
WWF European Policy Officer
agueudet@wwf.eu
Phone: +32 2 743 88 06 |
Mobile: + 32 494 03 20 27

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