Germany’s Verbio welcomes EU proposal to curb first-gen biofuels

13 September 2012 17:25  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Verbio welcomes a proposal by the European Commission to curb the use of first-generation biofuels and instead raise the use of second-generation fuels from non-food agricultural biomass, the Germany-based firm said on Thursday.

The Commission’s proposal could mean that by 2020 at least half of the EU's biofuels for transportation would come from second-generation fuels produced from biomass wastes or non-food agricultural residues, as well as cellulose and algae, the company said.

VERBIO said that the Commission’s move was in line with the company's strategy to focus on sustainable biofuels production, instead of making the fuels from wheat and plant oils.

Since 2010, Verbio has been using bio-methane from agricultural residues to make biofuel, it added.

However, Germany’s biofuels industry group VDB said that the Commission’s proposal was a harsh setback as producers of first-generation biofuels would have to shut their plants. Producers had built up those capacities in reliance on the EU’s existing regulatory framework for biofuels, the group said.

In related news on Thursday, France-based biotechnology firm DEINOVE said it managed to isolate a strain of bacteria to enable the production of ethanol from non-food wheat-based biomass.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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