Pressure is mounting on EU officials to remove several loopholes in its plan to phase out subsidies for biodiesel produced from palm oil. Earlier this month the European Commission took the landmark decision to stop palm biodiesel from counting towards meeting EU renewable energy targets. But, facing trade war threats from the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, it included an exemption for additional palm oil produced in independent small plantations (less than five hectares) or produced on ‘unused’ land.
In a landmark decision, the European Commission last night acknowledged in a delegated act that oil palm cultivation causes significant deforestation, and thus biodiesel produced from palm oil cannot be counted towards meeting EU green fuel targets. However, under mounting pressure, including trade war threats, from the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, the Commission has introduced several loopholes, including an exemption for additional palm oil produced in independent small plantations (less than five hectares) or produced on ‘unused’ land.
Should Europeans be forced to burn palm and soy in their cars in the name of EU climate policy? This is the simple question the European Commission needs to answer today.
The EU Renewable Energy Directive has been approved by the European Parliament and the Council and officially published. But one major piece of the biofuels’ puzzle - a delegated act on high and low ILUC biofuels - is still expected to be published by the Commission on 1st February 2019.
Palm oil expansion is increasing deforestation, ravaging some of the planet’s remaining rainforests and our most precious wildlife.But we can change this! Click here to sign the petition.
Europe’s climate strategy should include ending carbon emissions from transport by 2050, the European Commission has said. In a draft long-term plan published last month, the Commission outlined eight emissions reduction scenarios for Europe but came out in favour of reaching net emissions. It came as European governments signed off on a global agreement on the rules needed to avoid 1.5 warming in 2050 and catastrophic climate change.
“What a day! More tomorrow. Goodnight and goodbye #EU2050”. EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete was obviously very pleased about the announcement he made last Wednesday. Under his stewardship the Commission proposed a plan that would see the EU almost entirely cut its carbon emissions in the next 30 years. It is a bold plan which broadly sets the right direction for the EU economy and its climate, energy and transport policy for decades to come (although the plan is way too optimistic about bioenergy).
Hosted by Julie Girling (EPP) and Seb Dance (S&D)
Welcome and Introduction: Julie Girling MEP
The European Parliament today adopted a new law to phase out highest-emitting biofuels made from palm and soybean oil. The law states that these harmful biofuels cannot grow above each country’s 2019 consumption levels and should gradually decrease from 2023 onwards until reaching 0% in 2030. Whilst the principle of phasing out palm and soy biofuels is enshrined in the new law, the Commission has until 1 February 2019 to publish a delegated act establishing the science-based criteria to carry out the commitments made by the EU Parliament and governments.
New evidence shows 370,000 old and highly polluting second-hand diesels were exported to Romania in 2017. There are measures to restrict the influx, says legal analysis.