By CASSIE WERBER
LONDON -- European use of biofuels made from food crops in
transport fuel will be limited to 6%, following a Wednesday
vote by the European Parliament aimed at assuaging fears that
the production of the fuels was pushing up food prices.
European lawmaker Corinne Lepage, who is driving the
legislation, confirmed the vote result on her official Twitter
The European Parliament passed an amendment to limit the
amount of transport fuel such as gasoline and diesel that can
be obtained from food and energy crops to 6% of total energy
consumed for transport by 2020.
Europe aims to source 10% of transport energy from renewable
sources by 2020. The limitations placed on biofuels will mean
more pressure placed on the development of alternatives such as
re-chargeable electric cars.
In July the Parliament's environment committee voted in
favor of similar limits. Now that Parliament has agreed,
negotiations with the European Council -- composed of leaders
from EU countries -- will take place before the rules are
Biofuels were developed as a cleaner alternative to liquid
fuels made from crude oil. But so-called first generation
biofuels, made from crops including corn and grains, ran into
difficulties because the crops, and the land used to grow them.
can also be used for food.
Dow Jones Newswires