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EU ILUC proposals faces opposition

The European biofuels industry is united against the European Commission’s proposals on indirect land use change (ILUC).

The European Parliament’s Industry Committee (ITRE) will be discussing its Draft Opinion in response to the proposals tomorrow.

The paper argues that the Commission’s proposals to account for carbon emissions from ILUC in the biofuels industry are based on unsound science.

REA Head of Renewable Transport Clare Wenner said: “We welcome the contribution of the ITRE Committee to the ILUC debate, and many of its proposed amendments are broadly in line with the measures we recommend in our joint position paper. We urge the Committee to do all it can to bring these amendments into the European Parliament’s final position.

 “The Commission’s proposals on indirect land use change are based on unsound science and emotive NGO campaigning on food prices rather than real world facts and data. In their current form, these proposals risk jeopardising billions of pounds of investment and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that go with that across the whole supply chain.”

Ms Wenner concluded: “We also urge the UK Government to take stock of both the European industry’s joint position paper and the ITRE Draft Opinion. Government must show strong leadership if it is to safeguard the UK biofuels industry, which is among the best and most sustainable in the world, but which is at risk of being stopped dead in its tracks by the ILUC proposals.”

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