EU falters in bid to limit crop biofuels
EU Energy Ministers have failed to agree on proposals to limit the amount of crops grown for biofuel production. The outcome is welcomed by industry and farmers groups, which have been lobbying against any cap because of the threat to jobs and the oilseed rape area (Agrow No 651, p 7). Ministers were considering a compromise proposal that a maximum of 7% of EU transport fuel should be derived from cereal and oilseed crops. The European Commission had originally proposed a 5% cap to prevent more agricultural land being switched from food to fuel production (Agrow No 649, p 9), while the European Parliament had voted to increase the limit to 6% (Agrow No 673, p 10). The latest development will delay progress, and a decision on future negotiations passes to Greece, which took over the six-month rotating EU presidency in January.