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EU Biofuels and Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) discussions delayed

Reform of EU biofuels policy may not be possible during the current European Parliament’s term if MEPs continue to delay talks with member states. The proposed changes to the 2009 directives on renewable energy and fuel quality would limit the production of crop-based biofuels in Europe and take account of their climate impacts through indirect land use change. A vote will now be held on 17 October during the Environment Committee meeting on whether to give rapporteur Corinne Lepage (ALDE) a mandate to open trialogue talks with the Council and Commission. Lack of support from the Parliament's largest group, the EPP, prevented a plenary session from granting Ms Lepage a mandate last month. Further delays could make it impossible to reach political agreement under the Lithuanian EU presidency, which had promised to work hard on the file during its six-month term. A long delay in a decision could undermine investments in projects under the NER300 scheme for innovative renewable energy technologies. READ MORE or WATCH VIDEO UPDATE

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