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European Commission sets out new road for biofuels

The EC will limit the consumption of biofuels due to competition with food crops and land use

In a move which shocked Europe’s rapidly-expanding biofuels industry, the European Commission (EC) said in September that it will put a brake on the use of existing biofuels in gasoline and diesel. Driven by concerns about competition with food crops over land-use, the EC is to introduce legislation to limit the consumption of existing biofuels to approximately the present level. While signalling the end of the rapid growth in production of first-generation biofuels, the move is intended to advance the development of second-generation materials which do not compete with food production. First-generation biofuels are typically ethanol produced from wheat for gasoline, and vegetable oils for

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