EU lawmakers agree on imposing cap on traditional biofuels
The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers have reached an agreement to cap the production of traditional biofuels in an attempt to limit the increasing use of farm land for energy-generating crops. Using farmland to produce biofuel crops adds to pressure to free up more land to produce food, a process which may cancel out part or in some cases even all of the beneficial effects of using biofuel. Current legislation requires EU member states to ensure that renewable energy accounts for at least 10 percent of energy consumption in transport by 2020. The compromise states that first-generation biofuels should account for up to 7 percent of final energy consumption in transport by 2020. “The cap on the use of conventional biofuels can limit the risk of a negative climate impact from indirect land use change while assuring an acceptable level of investment security for farmers in the EU,” cep expert Moritz Bonn said.