login required

This content is reserved to our members.  or register

Are you interested in joining ENEP? Get in touch. ENEP is an umbrella body for environmental professional bodies throughout Europe.

Individuals should contact the nearest national organisation. ENEP provides a range of services to national member organisations and individuals directly as part of your national professional membership fee. ENEP provides regular news and intelligence from Brussels on legislative, policy and funding developments in EU in the fields of environment, energy, innovation and internal market that affect the environmental professional on a day to day basis. Our website allows you to discuss issues with colleagues, register on our professional knowledge sharing platform, provides links with other professionals and institutions within the EU and disseminate pan European recruitment possibilities etc.

If you represent a national or regional environmental organisation and you would like to investigate your organisations affiliation to ENEP please do not hesitate contact us

No agreement reached on biofuels reform

Energy ministers of EU Member States have failed to agree on a common position on a Commission proposal to amend directives on biofuels. The European Parliament adopted its first reading position on 11th September 2013.

The aim of the Commission’s proposed amending directive is to start a transition to biofuels that deliver substantial greenhouse gas savings when also estimated indirect land-use change emissions are reported, while existing investments should be protected.

The Lithuanian presidency proposed to cap the amount of food-based biofuels that could count towards the EU's renewable energy target for transport fuels at 7%, up from 5% under the European Commission original proposal. However, a minority of countries managed to block the compromise position. The block was made up of both countries wanting tighter limits on food-based fuels and those wanting the opposite, prompting Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard to brand them an “unholy alliance” on Twitter. Germany, Belgium and Portugal expressed concern about double-counting provisions, which would have watered down the EU’s overall 20% renewables target

The Commission’s proposal to limit the use of controversial food-based biofuels is likely to remain on hold until at least the second half of next year.

Read the Council’s Press Release HERE

newsflash: 
Issue 30