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MEPs support cap on crop biofuels

Plans to limit the amount of crops grown in the EU for biofuel production have been slightly relaxed in proposed amendments from the European Parliament’s Environment Committee. MEPs say that biofuels from cereals, oilseeds and other crops should contribute a maximum of 5.5% of transport fuel in the EU in 2020, compared with the 5% cap proposed by the European Commission (Agrow No 649, p 9). The aim is to encourage greater use of biofuel from other sources, rather than land that could grow food crops. European farming co-operative group Copa-Cogeca condemned the Committee’s vote, and has already warned that the plans to cap crop-based biofuel production may result in a dramatic fall in the European oilseed rape area (Agrow No 651, p 7).

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