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EU Lawmakers Propose Lowered Biofuels Target

Date: 11-Sep-08
Country: BELGIUM

The European Commission had proposed that 10 percent of all road transport fuel should come from renewable sources by that date, with biofuels currently the main way of meeting that target.

The EU's original 10 percent target has been attacked by environmentalists, who say traditional "first generation biofuels" from food crops contribute to rising food prices and deforestation.

The European Parliament's influential industry committee will on Thursday vote on whether to alter that proposal.

One amendment backed by three major voting groups proposes that 40 percent of that target should come from renewable sources other than the controversial first generation biofuels.

"At least 40 percent of this target shall be met from electricity or hydrogen from renewable sources, energy from waste, residues and ligno-cellulosic biomass or algae produced in vats, or energy from feedstock grown on degraded land with a net carbon benefit regarding land use emissions over 10 years," says the document seen by Reuters.

(Reporting by Pete Harrison)

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