Biofuel fails EU sustainability test, German researchers claim

Study says EU-grown rapeseed biodiesel falls under 35% marker, adding weight to calls to end food biofuels

The growing row over biofuels is ready to flare up again with German researchers claiming to have found evidence that European-produced biodiesel does not meet the sustainability targets claimed by Brussels.

Two experts at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena say eight out of their 10 tests on locally produced rapeseed biodiesel failed to show the 35% greenhouse gas savings promised. In most cases it was under 30%. The use of biofuels would be further undermined when the EU emissions target increases, as planned, to 50% in five years’ time.

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Tags: energy crops, rapeseed biodiesel, renewable energy, ethanol, EU, climate goals


The Guardian, 2012-08-19.


European Union
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Technische Universität Berlin
University of Coimbra
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)


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