The leading MEP dealing with the Commission’s plans to cut lifecycle carbon emissions from fuels has warned that sustainability criteria for biofuels are needed to prevent wider social and environmental problems.
Editorial by Jos Dings
Bad oil? To some people familiar with the environmental movement, the term “bad oil” may sound odd. Isn’t all oil bad from an environmental perspective?
EU efforts to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions from fuels moved a step closer last month with the European Parliament’s draft response.
Fears that easily available sources of oil are running low have been highlighted by two reports which warn of further rises in oil prices.
Great Britain is set to become the first EU member to base support for biofuels on the amount of carbon saved and other sustainability criteria.
The European Union should scrap its volume target for biofuels and replace it with low carbon targets for all transport fuels according to environmental NGOs BirdLife International, the EEB and T&E in a response to the European Commission public consultation.
A United Nations report has warned that the negative impacts of biofuels could outweigh the benefits if environmental and social factors are not taken into consideration.
MEPs have held a first discussion on the Commission’s plans for a life-cycle analysis of fuel production, with the rapporteur, the Dutch socialist Dorette Corbey, calling for the idea of using 2010 as a base year to be abandoned.
The Commission has launched its official consultation on biofuels, amid growing concern among policy makers that the environmental benefits are less clear cut than previously thought. Governments, businesses, NGOs and private individuals have until 4 June to make comments, after last month’s publication of a consultation document. Legislative proposals to set EU targets for increasing the use of biofuels in transport are expected later this year.
Environmental organisations greeted the Commission's proposal for introducing a climate target for transport fuels, published in January, with particular warmth. In a Special Feature published with this month's T&E Bulletin find out more about the significance of the proposal and what work still needs to be done to make it work.