On second thought

Published: Friday 31 October 2008

EU sets target for non-food biofuel

The European Parliament recently voted to limit the use of food crops as biofuel. It proposed that at least 4 per cent of the total biofuel used in vehicular transport should come from non-food crops, dubbed second generation biofuels. It can also come from biomass, green electricity and hydrogen produced from renewables.

Green campaigners have hailed the move because biofuels from grains and other food crops send food prices shooting. The original EU target that 10 per cent of all vehicular transport fuel should come from renewable sources by 2020 did not set limits for biofuels from food crops.

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