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Local and global consequences of the EU renewable directive for biofuels
Milieu en Natuur Planbureau
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The European Union has set a target for an obligatory share of 10%, for energy from renewable sources in transport, to be reached in 2020. This applies to final energy consumption in transport within each Member State. This target for the transport sector is expected to be met, mainly by using biofuels, although other routes, like using electricity (plug-in technology), are also thinkable. In the proposal for the Directive (released 23 January 2008), the European Commission pays much attention to sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids, following the debate on whether the negative aspects of biofuels outweigh their benefits as a renewable energy source. In this report, a first analysis is given on these sustainability criteria in the transport sector.
Added on 7 March 2008
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