European laws stymies expansion of biofuels production

28 June 2013 21:11  [Source: ICIS news]

SAO PAULO (ICIS)--Current European laws make the expansion of biofuels production difficult, because energy crops cannot be planted in areas destined for food production, sources said on Friday.

"Even lawmakers don't understand the legislation," said Robert Vierhout, CEO at ePURE, a European renewable ethanol industry body. 

He made his comments during the Ethanol Summit 2013 in Sao Paulo.

"Despite expanding what we have to other sectors, we're limiting ourselves to biofuels. We'll lose it all," he said.

The executive said the ethanol should receive more incentives in Europe as a way to guarantee more investments.

"Otherwise, European companies that receive investments from application funds in new technologies will continue investing in Brazil and in the US and not in Europe," Vierhout said.

Andre Nassar, general manager at the Institute for International Trade Negotiations (Icone), said Europeans should observe the model of production of sugarcane in Brazil, which does not occupy sites that are destined to food production.

"Even with a very rigid criteria on sustainability, we can triplicate our bioenergy consumption," said Uwe Fritsche, director at the International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS).


By: Leo Siqueira
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