EU Won’t Force Biofuel Suppliers to Report Food-Linked Emissions

European Union policy makers rejected plans to push biofuel suppliers to report increased greenhouse-gas emissions that result from food production being displaced by fuel crops to new areas such as forests.

The European Council, representing EU heads of state, won’t require reporting of estimated emissions linked to the indirect changes in land use from biofuel, it said in a statement. Areas such as forests store up greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.

“The failure of European Union policy makers to reach agreement today means that the indirect land-use saga will not be closed before the European elections in May next year,” Nina Skorupska, chief executive officer of the U.K.’s Renewable Energy Association, said today in an e-mailed statement.

The U.K. plans to get 10 percent of its energy used in road transportation from renewables such as bioethanol and biodiesel by 2020. A lack of clarity from Europe on the issue of so-called indirect land-use change, or ILUC, shouldn’t stop the government from saying how it plans to meet the target, the REA said.

“The government has always maintained it would wait for certainty on ILUC before setting out a trajectory to the 2020 transport target,” Skorupska said. “Given the indefinite delay on ILUC at the EU level, this is no longer tenable if the U.K. is to have any chance of meeting the 2020 transport target.”

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