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Governments fail to agree EU limit on food-based biofuels

Final agreement unlikely before 2015

Source:  Copyright 2013, Reuters
Date:  December 12, 2013
Byline:  Barbara Lewis
Original URL: Status ONLINE

EU energy ministers on Thursday failed to agree on a compromise deal to limit the use of transport fuels made from food crops, which critics say pushes up food prices and can do more harm than good to the environment.

The European Union's Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said the delay would damage its efforts to reduce dependence on gas and oil imported from such sources as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and would hurt its drive to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

"If we delay and postpone, the winners will be OPEC and Russia," he said.

Last year, in response to warnings about food price inflation and unintended consequences on the environment, the European Commission, the EU's executive, proposed to cap the bloc's use of biofuels based on crops such as maize or rapeseeed at 5 percent.

That compares with an existing goal to get 10 percent of transport fuel from renewable sources by 2020, an amount that ...

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