Extracts from the joint press conference by Günther Oettinger and Connie Hedegaard on a proposal for stricter rules for biofuels

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-074936   Duration: 10:03:44  Lieu:
End production: 17/10/2012   First transmission: 17/10/2012
On 17 October 2012, Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, and Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, gave a press conference on a proposal for stricter rules for biofuels. The European Commission has published a proposal to limit global land conversion for biofuel production, and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the EU. The use of food-based biofuels to meet the 10% renewable energy target of the Renewable Energy Directive will be limited to 5%. This is to stimulate the development of alternative, so-called second generation biofuels from non-food feedstock, like waste or straw, which emit substantially less greenhouse gases than fossil fuels and do not directly interfere with global food production. For the first time, the estimated global land conversion impacts – Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) – will be considered when assessing the greenhouse gas performance of biofuels.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Joint arrival of Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, and Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy 00:00:06
10:00:11 Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in GERMAN) saying that the existing Renewable Energy Directive of 2009 already provides for strict sustainability criteria. These include minimum requirements for greenhouse gas reductions that must be achieved with biofuels and bioliquids in comparison to fossil fuels, as well as clear rules that prevent forest areas to be cleared for the production of biofuels. 00:00:51
10:01:02 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:04
10:01:07 Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in GERMAN) saying that planning stability and the focus on sustainability are the two key issues on this proposals. It is what they want to achieve. The 10% by 2020 remains but the sustainability factor is now more important on the basis of what they discover by analysing first-generation biofuels. 00:00:26
10:01:33 General view of the press conference 00:00:01
10:01:34 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): It is a very important initiative to ensure the future biofuels in Europe will be more sustainable that they would have been without this proposal. 00:00:12
10:01:47 Cutaway of photographers 00:00:03
10:01:50 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): With a cap, with a methodology and with a very clear intention to invest more in second generation instead of food-based biofuels. So everyone in this business knew for a very long time that the Commission would have to analyse whether there is such a thing as ILUC and if we got more knowledge that there is such a thing then take the initiative to address it. 00:00:26
10:02:17 General view of the conference room 00:00:03
10:02:21 Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): There is up to 2020 meaning that of course we are not closing down factories tomorrow but we send a very strong signal in Europe, biofuels have a role to play in the future but they must be truly sustainable biofuels and therefore already now the signal is very clear. After 2020 there will be no subsidies in Member States for first generation biofuels. 00:00:27
10:02:48 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:02
10:02:51 Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in GERMAN) saying that the real tool is the 10 % goal, 2020 10% sustainable energy in transport. To get there they can only do 5% first generation biofuels so the remaining 5% will have to take place on the basis on the quality standars. So they are not banning biofuels but they are limited to 5% and 5% over the next years have to come from the second generation products. 00:00:52
10:03:44 General view of the conference room 00:00:03
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