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
"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 ...