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MEPs support keeping sustainable European biofuels in the EU energy mix

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee has voted on its opinion on the European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility – and showed clear support for keeping crop-based biofuels like renewable ethanol as part of the EU transport energy mix says ePURE.

Emmanuel Desplechin has been appointed new Secretary General of ePURE replacing Robert Wright (photo courtesy ePURE).

Emmanuel Desplechin Secretary-General of the European Renewable Ethanol Association  (photo courtesy ePURE).

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee voted June 29 on its opinion on the European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility – and, according to the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) showed “clear support for keeping crop-based biofuels like renewable ethanol” as part of the EU transport energy mix.

Members of the ENVI committee see clearly what the Commission evidently does not: that phasing out crop-based biofuels is the wrong way to reach the EU’s climate and energy goals after 2020. Instead, they agree with the overwhelming majority of Europeans who, as polls show, believe EU policy should promote biofuels with high greenhouse gas savings, like renewable European ethanol. At a time when Europeans are worried about climate change, urban air quality and economic growth, we need the most effective tools if we want to make better progress at decarbonising transport, said Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary-General of ePURE in a statement.

MEPs also sent a clear signal that Europe should focus on phasing out fossil fuels as well as biofuels that drive deforestation, such as palm oil, but should not sacrifice sustainably produced European biofuels that have high GHG savings and low risk of indirect land use change.

The objective is clear. Europe needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel for transport. The Commission proposal would leave the EU more than 90 percent reliant on fossil oil for transport in 2030. But there’s a better way forward. MEPs on the ENVI committee should now turn these calls for action into a re-worked RED II that promotes the best performing biofuels, such as ethanol, Desplechin said.

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