Text drawn up by Lithuania makes more generous allowance for the use of first-generation biofuel in meeting EU targets for renewable energy.
Energy ministers meeting in Brussels next Thursday (12 December) are set to dilute a European Commission proposal to rein in the use of ‘first-generation' biofuel. Member states that had been backing deep reform because of concerns that these fuels may displace food crops and actually increase emissions have been bought off, according to Council sources.Read more
Tariffs are now seen as a deterrent to keep companies compliant with maximum pricing arrangement.
MEPs have no mandate to oppose Council weakening of ILUC law.
Biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia to be subject to extra duty for five years.
The shale-energy revolution that started in the US is causing sweeping changes worldwide.
MEPs must choose between accepting a weak Council position on control of biofuel or handing the issue to the next Parliament
One year later than intended, Council and Parliament approve plan to raise the price of carbon.
Proposal was delayed because of split in German cabinet.
European Commission appoints Frenchman to key post.
Campaigners cry foul over missing figures.
National governments will have to give some details of energy agreements to the European Commission.
First new European nuclear plant since Fukushima could set precedent for EU state aid.
The EU needs to adjust its carbon-capture policy.
Legislation will most likely pass into a second reading.
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