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More biofuels with low environmental impact possible, scientists say

15 January, 2015

EU countries could increase their production of biofuels with a minimum impact on the environment, Utrecht University scientists concluded in a study published on Tuesday (13 January). ILUC has been a major concern for the environmental campaigners, and generated heated debates among policymakers about how to increase the production of renewables without affecting the use of land. But scientists from University of Utrecht found that ILUC could be prevented if under-utilised land is exploited for the extra production of biofuels. “That way, crops won’t have to be relocated and there’ll be no need to convert nature areas into additional agricultural land,” said Birka Wicke, a Utrecht University scientist.