Biofuel buried by ‘clumsy’ presidency

The Lithuanian presidency may have wished it had never heard of biofuel by the end of December, after negotiations on revising EU incentives collapsed, bringing about what may be seen as the biggest policy failure of its presidency.

It was never going to be an easy task. Member states and MEPs are divided on whether EU incentives for the use of biofuel should be curbed. Campaigners say the incentives in the 2008 renewable-energy and fuel- quality laws are driving land-grabs around the world and are causing more emissions than biofuel abates, through indirect land use change (ILUC).

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