New EU biofuel rules not enough to help people or the planet
Europeans may still be forced to buy biofuels made from food crops until 2030, as a result of the deal struck by EU member states and the European Parliament this morning on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), Oxfam said.
EU ends target for food-based biofuels and phases out palm oil in cars only in 2030
European countries will no longer be forced to subsidise food-based biofuels to meet the EU’s future green energy targets, under an agreement reached early this morning by EU governments, the European Parliament and the Commission. For those EU countries that decide to mandate food-based biofuels after 2020, the deal limits their contribution to the levels achieved nationally in 2020.
Unerwarteter Durchbruch bei Erneuerbare-Energien-Richtlinie
Die Verhandlungsführer des EU-Parlaments und der Mitgliedsstaaten erzielten einen Kompromiss über ein Ziel von 32 Prozent Anteil erneuerbarer Energien und einen vollständigen Palmöl-Ausstieg im Verkehrssektor bis 2030.
A number of voluntary schemes have been set up to address the environmental impacts of palm oil, which has experienced rapid growth in demand and has been identified as one of the leading drivers of deforestation and biodiversity loss worldwide.
While there is some variation between them, none of the schemes has been very effective in slowing down deforestation. The range of schemes, and the existence of different modules within each scheme that allow members to opt for varying degrees of ambition, are leading to a watering down of sustainability outcomes in general.
For too long, certification has been considered as the one and only “possible and realistic” option for addressing the impacts of palm oil cultivation, but the fact is: we are running out of time.