EU should set CO2 goals, not biofuels targets

30 January 2008 14:48  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS news)--The EU should be using carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction goals instead of setting biofuel targets to decrease emissions, a Dow Europe director said on Wednesday.


“There should be a target to reduce carbon dioxide and then the industry should be able to work out the best way,” Dow Europe’s director for external technology and innovation Russel Mills said on the second day of the SusChem conference in Berlin.


Finding solutions is what the chemical industry is good at, he added.


Mills said it wasn’t that biofuels didn’t have a role to play but there were other ways in which CO2 production could be limited.


“You know we [the chemical industry] are an important part of the solution,” he said.


Mills argued that while the chemical industry was the highest energy user the products it made could reduce emissions by three times.


“There are benefits to using biofuels today,” Karen Oxenboll, director of Eco Efficiency Assessments, said before adding that biofuels had to be made from biomass already available.


Johan Albrecht, of Ghent University’s Faculty of Economics, said the EU needed to invest in convincing the rest of the world to follow the targets it was setting.


“Otherwise we [Europe] are simply subsidising fossil fuel energy production in the rest of the world,” Albrecht said. “It’s noble but it’s not logical.” 

By: Lucy Craymer
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