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EU Backs Away From Agrofuels

Source:  Copyright 2008, Inter Press Service
Date:  July 28, 2008
Byline:  Julio Godoy
Original URL: Status ONLINE


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 the EU.

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.

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