European Commission publishes biofuels report

The REA welcomes the European Commission's report on indirect land use change related to biofuels and bioliquids published today.

Clare Wenner, the REA's Head of Renewable Transport said:

"The Commission is taking a wise course and not rushing to take decisions on how to manage the indirect land use effects of the production of biofuels. As the REA has said on a number of occasions, land use change is a function of global agriculture and it would be wrong to ascribe all indirect land use change effects to biofuels. Nevertheless, it is important that biofuels deliver the greenhouse gas reduction benefits that are claimed.

“The studies commissioned by the European Commission have failed to deliver a clear message on the appropriate policy response and that is where more work needs to be done.

“The REA will continue to work with the Commission and stakeholders to find policy solutions that are genuinely beneficial to the planet. The advances on sustainability rules for biofuels should be an example for all agriculture."

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