The European Commission is proposing to reduce the use of food-based biofuels to meet the 10% renewable energy target of the Renewable Energy Directive down to 5%. This is being proposed in order to reduce the effect on food production by preventing land being used for biofuel crop production, and to increase the use of other biofuels, so-called second generation biofuels, which create lower greenhouse gas emissions.
This proposal will need to be enforced, when introduced into legislation, and the measurement aspects will be critical to ensure that laboratories are able to identify and quantify food-based biofuels in mixed fuels, and to distinguish them from “better” second-generation biofuels.
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