On Wednesday, Members of the European Parliament voted to increase energy from renewables by 35% by 2030 and ban palm oil in biofuels by 2021. The MEPs also want to cap the use of first generation biofuels to 2017 levels.
First generation biofuels are derived from food sources by using conventional production techniques. Biodiesel, vegetable oil, biogas, bioalcohols are some popular first-gen biofuels.
According to Claude Turmes (Greens/EFA, LU), co-rapporteur for governance, “Increased ambition on renewables, energy efficiency and a strong governance system based on a carbon budget approach will contribute to the achievement of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 and to comply with the Paris Agreement.”
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