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EU seeks to cap food-based biofuels

9:26 AM MDT | October 17, 2012 | Rebecca Coons

The European Commission has published a proposal to limit global land conversion for biofuel production, and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the European Union (EU). According to the proposed rules, the use of food-based biofuels to meet the 10%–renewable energy target of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive will be limited to 5%, in an effort to “stimulate the development of alternative, so-called second-generation biofuels from nonfood feedstock, like waste or straw, which emit substantially less greenhouse gases than fossil...

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