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Public consultation

Biodiverse grassland, biofuels and bioliquids

Consultation period: 14/12/2009 - 08/02/2010

The sustainability requirements of the Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources establish that raw materials used for the production of biofuels and bioliquids may not be produced on land that had the status of highly biodiverse grassland in or after January 2008. The objective of the consultation is to seek views on possible approaches to define the criteria and ranges of highly biodiverse grasslands. This will feed into the drafting of a Commission Decision on the establishment of criteria and ranges of highly biodiverse grasslands for the purpose of Directive 2009/28/EC.

The Commission is required to establish such criteria and ranges according to Article 17(3)c of the Directive 2009/28/EC .

(There is a similar requirement, as far as biofuels are concerned, in the Fuel Quality Directive [98/70/EC])