Vote on fuel quality directive and the renewable energy directive (Indirect Land Use Change - ILUC):
- extracts from the vote
- statement by Corinne LEPAGE (ALDE, FR)
EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
EPRef94378 // European Parliament , Brussels, room JAN 4Q2 - 9.00-10.30 //
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 11/07/2013 First transmission: 11/07/2013
MEPs from the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety voted on the European Commission's proposal to limit the amount of food-based biofuels. According to the text, greater production of advanced biofuels should be encouraged by gradually phasing in mandatory targets for their use in the transport sector, whilst meeting certain sustainability criteria. The minimum targets proposed are: 0.5% in 2016, 2.5% in 2020 and 4% in 2025. Fuel from food crops have been pitched as a way to reduce carbon emissions from transport, however questions have been raised about how green these biofuels really are. According to rapporteur Corinne LEPAGE (ALDE, FR) the promotion of the first generation of biofuels from food crops such as rapeseed and palm oil affected developing countries by pushing up food prices. In addition, land needed to be converted for biofuels production, leading to the destruction of forests and wetlands. As a result these biofuels actually generated more CO2 than they saved.
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||Exterior of the European Parliament, Brussels
||Cutaways on EP Rapporteur Corinne LEPAGE (ALDE , FR)
||ENVI Committee documents (2 sots)
||Cutaway on EP Rapporteur Corinne LEPGAE (ALDE, FR)
||ENI Committee Chiar calls for the vote
||ENVI members voting (8 shots)
||Final vote and results on screen; 70 voting, +43, -26, 1 abstention
||SOUNDBITE (French) Corinne LEPAGE (ALDE, FR) EP Rapporteur," For us , European citizens , this report brings a progress on Bio fuel industry of the second generation , it brings a balance in the use and management of waste , so that no sector bears the consequences and impacts our citizens bills. It also places us in the right direction to reach our objectives in terms of the reduction of greenhouse emissions and that is our common interest."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Corinne LEPAGE (ALDE, FR) EP Rapporteur," It was a bit difficult but thanks the good will of colleagues and the spirit of compromise including the EPP group who made a real effort, I sincerely hope that all compromises will be voted in favour this morning."