European Parliament approves proposals to measure indirect emissions from biofuels production after 2020 and cap levels of crop-based fuelsAfter fierce discussions in the Plenary on Monday, at its meeting on Wednesday the European Parliament swung a tight vote and capping conventional biofuels production was approved by 352 to 343. It was stated that biofuels cannot contribute more than six per cent towards the bloc's 2020 total usage of transport energy from renewable sources.
The legislative proposal also backed a 2.5 per cent share of transport energy for advanced biofuels, which are derived from sources such as algae or waste. The proposal of the rapporteur from ALDE (France) Corinne Lepage to include the indirect land-use change factor into the directive on fuel quality was adopted by a slim majority, but the French MEP did not receive a mandate for negotiations with the Member States. The council have to adopt general position and if it differs from the EP’s they will proceed to a second reading. Preslav Borissov MEP (GERB), who is a rapporteur for the opinion of the Committee on Transport and Tourism on behalf of the EPP Group commented:
"I cannot hide my dissatisfaction with the fact that the European Parliament did not manage to give a clear signal regarding the future development of the policy on biofuels. Unfortunately the profound differences, especially on the issue of the introduction of ILUC factors, could not be overcome and show the need for a more thorough discussion based on sufficiently solid scientific arguments. It seems that the issue will continue to be part of the agenda of the EP in the future. "