Trade body, energy association call for EU-wide biomass mandate

13 March 2013 15:55  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Trade body the European Biomass Association and energy association EURELECTRIC called on Wednesday for EU-wide sustainability criteria for solid biomass.

“The current uncertainty on the outcome and timetable of possible new EU measures on biomass sustainability is now delaying biomass investments,” said EURELECTRIC secretary general Hans ten Berge.

“Over the last years, the absence of such harmonisation has led to varying national sustainability rules, undermining the goal of achieving an EU-wide internal energy market by 2014. This regulatory complexity hampers trade both within the EU and internationally, and increases costs,” he added.

The call for harmonised markets and binding sustainability targets echoes comments made by the head of US biodiesel producer Imperium Renewables on Tuesday. According to Imperium CEO John Plaza, a global mandate on biodiesel is necessary to solve overcapacity issues and ensure the industry’s survival.

We have to find ways to stop poaching on each others’ markets and establish a global mandate,” said Plaza. “The world market either needs to be a free for all or each as an isolated market,” he said, speaking at the World Biofuels Market conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

By: Tom Brown
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