The deal to cap the amount of first generation biofuels upto 7% in the transportation fuel mix in European Union has come a step closer as the 52 members of the Environment Committee of the EU parliament has voted in its favour while there were only 12 members voted against it.
Now the full house during the 27-30 April plenary session will vote on the text of the agreement in Strasbourg. This will make the road clear for member states enacting the legislation by 2017. It is expected that the new legislation will boost the use of other feedstocks such as garbage and sea weed for producing biofuels.
It is noted that the current legislation requires 10% of the transportation fuel in EU member states to come from renewable resources by 2020.
The feedstocks of the first generation of biofuels require to be grown on agriculture land and thereby forces deforestation. This ultimately increases the greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the benefits of the biofuels.