Biofuels have to meet sustainability criteria
Posted on Thursday 21 July 2011
The European Commission requires that biofuels, both produced in the EU and abroad, meet sustainability criteria to make sure that raw materials for biofuels are not produced on tropical forests or in carbon rich areas therefore damaging biodiversity areas. Moreover, the use of biofuels has to guarantee a concrete greenhouse gas savings compared to fossil fuels.
The sustainability of biofuels needs to be checked by Member States or through voluntary agreements checked and approved by the Commission. Up to now, the Commission has approved seven voluntary schemes. Therefore each company producing biofuels can choose to comply with the sustainability requirements through national systems or joining voluntary schemes.
While biofuels producers have generally welcomed the Commission initiative, many NGOs have critised for lack of definition and verification resources.
More information is available here
Read the reactions of stakeholders and NGOs to the Commission initiative here