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Biofuels phase-out will raise demand for feed imports, industry warns





Friday, 6 October 2017

TRANSPORT WEEKLY

06-10-2017


 This article is part of our special report Phasing-out biofuels: What’s really at stake?.

Biofuels in the EU are deeply intertwined with global food and feed markets. As the EU discusses its future biofuels policy, their contribution to the bloc’s animal feed supply and impact on food prices have emerged as major battlegrounds between supporters and critics.

By-products from EU biofuels production make 17 million tonnes of high-protein animal feed.
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In its proposal for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive for 2021-2030 (RED II), the European Commission called for a reduction of the cap on first-generation biofuels, made from food crops, used in the transport sector from 7% in 2020 to 3.8% in 2030. The proposal is currently being debated in the European Parliament’s committees ahead of a final vote in January 2018.

The proposal is currently being debated in the European Parliament’s committees ahead of a final vote in January 2018.

Critics of EU biofuels policy have welcomed the move, saying it will reduce pressure on food prices. Farmers and biofuel producers, on the other hand, argue that biofuels have had very little impact on prices, while providing farmers with an income outside the subsidised CAP framework and boosting Europe’s autonomy in animal feed.

One thing is for sure: a biofuels phase-out will have far-reaching consequences for farmers and global agricultural markets.

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