EU biofuels vote prolongs policy uncertainty

By Staff | October 11, 2013

Members of the European Parliament voted on draft legislation Sept. 11, calling for a 6 percent cap on first-generation biofuels and a swift transition to second-generation renewable fuels. The Renewable Energy Association said the series of tight votes will prolong instability in biofuel policy, noting that a 2.5 percent target for advanced biofuels, double counting for biofuels made from cooking oil and tallow and a 7.5 percent limit on ethanol in gasoline blends were also approved. In addition, MEPs voted to keep accounting for indirect land use change (ILUC) factors. 

However, under the complex rules of the European Parliament, the matter is not finalized. A statement issued by the parliament explains that MEP Corinne Lepage was two votes short of receiving a mandate to negotiate with member states, who will now seek a common position on their own. In effect, a final decision on the matter could be postponed until next year.