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How the European Parliament can save the EU’s biofuels policy

24 November, 2017

ePURE’s Emmanuel Desplechin writes in POLITICO on how the European Parliament can move EU biofuels legislation forward: “If you have been following the EU biofuels debate lately, your head is probably spinning. Almost every week brings a new committee vote or draft position on what role biofuels should play in Europe’s transport energy mix for the 2020-2030 period. There are a lot of numbers and positions and annexes and scenarios. But one thing should be clear to everyone: the EU needs to do something to improve its efforts in the fight against climate change — and quickly. That’s because just as often as a new position on EU biofuels policy gets staked out, another reminder arises that Europe is falling behind in its commitments to decarbonizing transport. But it is not too late for MEPs to find common ground and move closer to what EU Member States want and have articulated coherently in their draft position: build on the success of the existing framework, leave in place the 7 percent cap on crop-based biofuels, and promote advanced biofuels and renewable electricity in addition to, not at the expense of, existing solutions.”