On 17 October 2012, the Commission 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%.
On 22 December 2010, the European Commission (EC) published a report on indirect land use change related to biofuels and bioliquids.
The report acknowledges that indirect land use change can reduce greenhouse gas emissions savings associated with biofuels, but also identifies a number uncertainties associated with the available models. The report announces that the EC will conduct an impact assessment, thereby taking into consideration potential changes to the existing legislation. If needed, the EC will recommend to address this issue under a precautionary approach. In addition the EC will continue to conduct work in this area in order to ensure that policy decisions are based on the best available science and to meet its future reporting obligations on this matter.