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ENERGY Biofuel

Growing pressure to change EU biofuel policy

By Jennifer Rankin  -  28.04.2011 / 05:20 CET
Hopes that plants could help Europe wean itself off its dependency on oil have been given a serious dent as the consequences of using land for biofuel become clearer.
 

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Fact file

Biodiesel production in the EU (‘000 tonnes)
2009 :     9,046

EU's largest biodiesel producers (‘000 tonnes)
Germany:   4,933
Spain:   4,100
France:   2,505
Italy:   2,375
The Netherlands:  1,036

Source: European Biodiesel Board

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