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EU Lawmakers Propose Lowered Biofuels Target

Source:  Copyright 2008, Reuters
Date:  September 10, 2008
Original URL: Status ONLINE

European Union lawmakers have proposed cutting the share of traditional biofuels to less than 6 percent of EU road transport fuel by 2020, a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday showed.

The European Commission had proposed that 10 percent of all road transport fuel should come from renewable sources by that date, with biofuels currently the main way of meeting that target.

The EU's original 10 percent target has been attacked by environmentalists, who say traditional "first generation biofuels" from food crops contribute to rising food prices and deforestation.

The European Parliament's influential industry committee will on Thursday vote on whether to alter that proposal.

One amendment backed by three major voting groups proposes that 40 percent of that target should come from renewable sources other than the controversial first generation biofuels.

"At least 40 percent of this target shall be met from electricity ...

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