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
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
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 formally adopted.
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