EU should strengthen existing sustainability rules for biofuels: European Court of Auditors

July 24, 2016 |

In Brussels, a European Court of Auditors report published found that “there are a number of gaps in the European Commission’s existing biofuels sustainability certification framework.” ePURE said that the sustainability regime for biofuels in Europe can and should be strengthened further to ensure that only the most sustainable biofuels, like European ethanol, are promoted by EU policy after 2020.

ePURE added that biofuels produced without safeguards against  “conflict over land ownership, forced or child labour, poor working conditions for farmers and dangers to health and safety” should be totally prohibited in Europe.

In its recent Roadmap to 2030 ePURE calls for a number of measures to strengthen the sustainability of biofuels used in Europe, including:

• The existing sustainability rules for biofuels should be maintained and strengthened to ensure robust and fraud proof certification.

• Full sustainability criteria and traceability requirements should be applied for all advanced biofuels and other bioenergy options, as they currently are for conventional biofuels.

• The same sustainability criteria applied to biofuels should be applied to all transport fuels, including petrol and diesel, to ensure that there is a level playing field for transport fuels.

• Allow biofuels with low indirect land use change (ILUC) risks to contribute to the EU 2030 climate targets.

• The use of palm oil, which has high land use impacts, should be prohibited in Europe, particularly in the biofuel sector.

• EU agricultural cross-compliance obligations should be extended to biofuels produced from non-EU crops and feedstock.

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