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EU Rethinks Biofuels Targets As Criticism Mounts

Source:  Copyright 2008, Deutsche Welle
Date:  January 14, 2008
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The EU has admitted that it failed to foresee problems raised by its policy to encourage motorists in Europe to drive vehicles which run on fuels derived from plants as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions.

The European Union's environment chief said the bloc would rethink new draft rules on boosting the production of biofuels amid growing criticism by green campaign groups that the move could lead to rainforest destruction and social dislocation.

"We have seen that the environmental problems caused by biofuels and also the social problems are bigger than we thought they were. So we have to move very carefully," Stavros Dimas told the BBC on Monday, Jan. 14.

It would be better to miss the target than achieve it by harming the poor or damaging the environment, Dimas said.

In March last year, EU leaders agreed that 10 percent of the bloc's road fuels should come from biofuels by 2020 as part of ...

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