Protectionist EU biofuels policies undermine renewable fuels growth

06 November 2012 14:21  [Source: ICIS news]

MUNICH (ICIS)--Protectionist EU biofuels policies are undermining growth in renewable fuels and progress on climate change, David Rees, director of UK-based fuel supplier Greenergy, said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the FO Licht World Ethanol and Biofuels conference, Rees said Greenergy would like to import more bioethanol from the US and Brazil but that import tariffs were affecting the possibility for free trade.

"Greenergy has been blending 5% bioethanol in gasoline since 2006 and we source it globally. Sugarcane-based ethanol performs well and is one of the greenest fuels," Rees said.

Sugarcane ethanol is traditionally made in Brazil and Rees says the EU import tariff needs to be removed to open up ethanol supply from the country.

"It's got to be free trade, otherwise we're just shooting ourselves in the foot," Rees said.

By: Sarah Trinder
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