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Commission delays action on ILUC in relation to biofuels policy
Source : ibtimes.com
The environmental campaign group T&E says that the EU is delaying any action on biofuels following research into the effects of indirect land-use change (ILUC) despite evidence which shows that the EU's policy on biofuels could be causing more greenhouse gas emissions than it saves. An announcement by the Commission on the subject had been expected in December. T&E says that this delay is not only bad for the environment, but creates damaging uncertainty for the biofuels industry. T&E claims that the Commission was initially reluctant to recognise the concept of ILUC, under which the use of fields for growing biofuel crops can lead to increased greenhouse gases as new land will have to be land cleared to grow food crops. In 2010, the Commission amassed numerous scientific studies and did some research of its own. The UK Government responded to the European consultation on ILUC in October 2010. The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership also provided a response to the policy call.
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2 March 2011 |
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