Biofuels and indirect land-use changes (Directive)

The Commission wishes to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by indirect land-use changes. To this end it wishes to limit the amount of how much conventional biofuels count to a maximum of five percentage points of the 10% expansion target, amongst other things.


The indirect changes in land-use as a result of cultivating plants to produce biofuels is a phenomenon relevant to climate policy. Therefore, it is principally appropriate that biofuels be included in the calculations when assessing the greenhouse gas emissions balance of biofuels. Limiting the extent to which conventional biofuels count to half of the 10% expansion target is justifiable as a partial correction of political shortcomings.