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Food Crisis Weighs on Biofuels Debate

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Finding consensus on the future of biofuels policy in Europe is proving even more difficult than usual, with the global food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine adding even more wrinkles. Biofuels have had a troubled history in Europe for a long time, with initially strong policy backing a few decades ago having been watered down over the last decade as concerns mounted about land use and competition with food crops. Today's food crisis has lent fresh urgency, with both environmental and humanitarian campaigners now calling on policymakers to take more definitive steps to stop using food crops to make biofuels. On the other hand, biofuels are seen as an important tool as policymakers seek to finalize the EU’s fit for 55 policy package, which aims to put the 27-member bloc on a pathway to cut emissions by 55% by 2030. Transport is a big part of this effort, with the EU having set out ambitious targets to phase out internal combustion engine sales by 2035, on which agreement has been broadly reached.

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Low-Carbon Policy, Biofuels (incl. SAF), Ukraine Crisis, Policy and Regulation
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