New EU package adopted on the sustainability criteria of biofuels

11/06/2010 09:20 Renewable

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The European Commission adopted two Communications and a Decision June 10, encouraging industries, governments and NGOs to set up certification schemes on the sustainability criteria of biofuels, including the imported ones in the EU, as to aid reach the EU target in a sustainable way, the one of getting 20% of renewable energy from total energy consumption.

The new package is part of the Renewable Energy Directive implemented in December 2010. The Commission also highlighted the types of land not to be used in producing biofuels, which are tropical forests, recently deforested areas, drained peatland, wetland and highly biodiversity areas. The EU also pointed out its member states that only biofuels delivering high greenhouse gas savings of at least 35% as compared to fossil fuels, reaching 50% in 2017 and 60% in 2018 will count for reaching national renewable targets.

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