The European Renewable Ethanol Association and the European farm trade group COPA-COGECA warned May 3 that plans under consideration by the European Commission to add indirect land use criteria for biofuel production would severely harm the industry. The groups contended that models used to draw the criteria covering issues such as biofuel production impact on deforestation, food production, and emissions were not based on sound science. The European Union has a legally binding goal to produce 10 percent of all transportation fuels from biofuels by 2020. The Commission will decide by July whether to add the criteria to the EU law.
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Indirect land use criteria may threaten biofuels
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