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EU Biofuels Supply Chain Rejects ILUC Compromise

11 December 2013

EU - The biofuels supply chain, composed of farmers, crushers, traders and biofuels producers, presented its views on the Lithuanian proposal to be discussed by Energy and Environment Ministers on December 12th and 13th, calling on the Council to reject the Lithuanian compromise proposal.

All the associations expressed their concerns on the damaging impacts of the proposal on European agricultural and industrial employment, regretting that neither past investment would be secured, nor would any future investment be foreseeable. While the document sets a limit on the production of conventional biofuels and limits them with ILUC values in reporting greenhouse gas performance of our products, it misses the opportunity to foster deployment of advanced biofuels and even threatens the 2020 renewable energy target.

Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen warned: “This proposal, which limits the use of biofuels made from arable crops to seven per cent, is totally unacceptable and reduces credibility in the EU institutions. The move also threatens the EU’s energy and climate change targets, over 200, 000 jobs mostly in rural areas, and feed supplies for animals.

"This is because the by-products from conventional biofuel production, such as rapeseed and oilseed meals, beet pulp and dried distillers grains play a crucial role on the feed protein market and in the EU food chain, where the EU is facing an ever-increasing shortage."

Raffaello Garofalo, EBB Secretary General stated: “The Lithuanian proposal does not acknowledge any efforts made by our industry in terms investment and sustainability performances. ILUC values – even for reporting – would prevent any use of biodiesel in transport, diminishing the reputation of our industry. The political proposal further threatens the overall development of renewable energy in Europe and will limit future investments in biofuels, without providing any help to decarbonise EU transport sector.”

Rob Vierhout, Secretary-General of ePURE, said: "There seems to be an iron law to adopt European legislation even though no one likes the proposal as the one presented by the Lithuanian Presidency; most of the Member States, the Commission, the Parliament, industry and NGOs all have expressed serious concerns about it. Rejection would be the logical way forward."

As a result, the chain called on the Commission and Member States to reject this proposal.

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