Author(s): Johnson, F.X.; Roman, M.
In: Johnson, F.X. and M. Romàn (2008). Biofuels Sustainability Criteria: Relevant issues to the proposed EC Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. Bruxelles: Policy Department, Economic and Scientific Policy, European Parliament. IP/A/ENVI/ST/2008-10 and 11.
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Biofuels Sustainability Criteria Relevant issues to the proposed Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources
The use of GHG reduction criteria can provide incentives for producers to rely on the most productivefeedstocks when sourcing biofuels for the EU market, which will often mean import ofbiofuels. A threshold of 50% or more would tend to eliminate many of the first generationbiofuels produced in temperate climates.
Member States should be encouraged to link financial incentives to the GHG reduction capabilities. Moreover, such incentives could be better linked to development cooperation inthe case of imports, so as to insure that Least Developed Countries (i.e. in Africa) can gainaccess to larger markets rather than only the major producers such as Brazil.
More analysis and research is needed in order to improve the incorporation of land use change into estimates of GHG emissions from biofuels.
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