EU ministers for energy and the environment have revised their targets for
renewable energy in the face of abundant new evidence that increased production
of agrofuels is partly responsible for the worldwide increase of food prices.
The EU has had a declared objective of increasing the share of agrofuels used in
transport by 10 percent by 2010. This objective was announced during the spring
of 2007, as part of the European Commission (EC) plan to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 20 percent by 2020. The European Commission is the executive arm of
Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane are thought to be the main
cause of global warming, and thus of climate change.
German deputy minister for technology and energy Jochen Homann said after a EU
ministers meeting earlier this month that the EU had "discovered" that the EC
directives speak of "renewable sources", not just agrofuels.