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Published on : Apr 16, 2015

Bioenergy is capable of and must contribute to the battle of climate change, however, it is a challenging political route which ensures and reach its sustainability goal. In 2008, the European Parliament had called for inclusions of emission which is associated with indirect land use change or ILUC. 

However, the road to reform the policy of EU in this sector has been quite long and challenging. It has compromised a deal which has now been passed in the ENVI Committee as a second attempt and resulted in extensive negotiations between the Parliament and other Member States which are with the Latvian Presidency.

In the mean time, these land based biofuels have received subsidy which are worth 10 billion Euros a year and the 2020 target of the ten per cent of renewable energy in transport has expanded into an industry which meets the variable sustainability standards in Europe and in other regions.

These extensive negations are main sticking points and were of an approximate limit to their first generation biofuels, which are a target of advanced stage biofuels and associated ILUC factors.

Since the Committee has endorsed this outcome of these extensive negotiations with a total of 51 votes to 12, a comment was made by the rapporteur on the file. The comment elaborated that it was quite a challenging file and they did not achieve what they were expecting. There exist very different approaches and capability between the Member States about the advanced biofuels. Many of these states are willing to move forward more compared to others, and also display a profound disagreement on the factors associated with ILUC.