16 March, 2017
The European Commission wants to phase out the use of crop-based biofuels in Europe, even though biofuels like renewable ethanol are currently the main driver of EU transport decarbonization. They also deliver significant greenhouse gas savings – on average, 64 percent for European ethanol. Why would the Commission make such a sudden swerve in its policy direction, after having said for years that biofuels are vital to meeting EU climate and energy goals? The Commission now calls these biofuels “food-based” and claims that the wider public no longer supports the technology. But on both of those counts it is wrong.