23 October 2009 19:56 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--US concerns about the impact of increasing production of biofuels crops on forestry land do not apply to Europe, a German biofuels industry group said on Friday.
The group, Bundesverband der deutschen Bioethanolwirtschaft (BDB), was reacting to an article in Friday’s issue of US magazine Science outlining researchers and scientists’ concerns about an increased use of forestry land to grow biofuels crops in the ?xml:namespace>
Also, emissions arising from changing the land use to biofuels crops had not been fully taken into account in assesing the climate impact of biofuels in the
But BDB warned not to blindly apply this latest criticism of biofuels to EU-based biofuels production.
EU laws do not allow forests to be cleared to make way for biofuel crops, said BDB general manager Dietrich Klein, referring to the EU’s “cross-compliance” regulations from 2003 and 2004.
“The clearing of forests to grow energy crops is thus not possible in the EU,” he said.
Klein said that that in
Also, German observers of the
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