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Fuels: Renewable Energy

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the complementarity of the (a) targets and (b) sustainability criteria in the EU Fuel Quality Directive and the EU Renewable Energy Directive. (191811)

The European Commission has proposed a greenhouse gas reduction target for the Fuel Quality Directive which would, in our assessment, need to be met mainly through biofuels, in quantities much greater than would be required by the draft Renewable Energy Directive. In negotiations in the EU, the UK and other member states have made clear that this discrepancy needs to be resolved. The Commission’s proposal for the Fuel Quality Directive does not include sustainability criteria for biofuels, though some have been proposed in the European Parliament. There are different sustainability criteria in the Renewable Energy Directive: again, we and other member states have stressed that it will be essential to have just one set, applying to both directives. In the high-level discussions on this issue the UK will be pressing for these criteria to be as robust and wide-ranging as possible.