WWF's briefing paper on Indirect Land Use Change



Posted on 15 February 2013  | 
In this briefing paper, WWF welcomes the Commission’s legislative proposal on indirect land use change, which is aiming to steer the strategy on renewable energy in transport to a more sustainable pathway in the medium to long-term time horizon.

The Commission’s proposal shifts away from first generation food crop-based biofuels by limiting their contribution towards the 10% transport target and gives priority to non-food feedstocks and advanced technologies.

It provides incentives for investments in the near future in more promising technologies. Improved guidance on sustainability of waste and residues use is crucial. Furthermore, the introduction of mandatory emissions accounting from indirect land use change is absent – this is true for all sources.

WWF, as well as several social and environmental groups, have expressed concerns about the indirect impacts caused by the production of land- and food crop-based biofuels. Biofuels causing indirect effects are undermining the integrity of the EU’s climate target for 2020. The likely impacts of some land-based biofuels on greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity and on food security are negatively impacting both people and our natural capital, and urgently require effective policies.
WWF, as well as several social and environmental groups, have expressed concerns about the indirect impacts caused by the production of land- and food crop-based biofuels.
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