Germany's upper house halts biofuels quota cut

15 May 2009 18:57  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Germany’s upper legislative house, the Bundesrat, referred a bill to a conciliation committee that would reduce the country’s biofuels quota, it said on Friday.

Under the measure, already passed by the lower house, the Bundestag, Germany’s biofuels blending quota would be reduced to 5.25% from 6.25%.

Biofuels industry group Bundesverband der deutschen Bioethanolwirtschaft (BDB) welcomed the Bundesrat’s move.

BDB general manager Dietrich Klein called on the members of the conciliation committee (Vermittlungsausschuss) to reverse the Bundestag’s vote.

The quota needed to be maintained to create reliable business conditions for Germany’s biofuels producers, he said.

The Vermittlungsausschuss is composed of members from both the Bundesrat and the Bundestag. Under Germany’s constitution it is tasked with resolving conflicts between the two houses.

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