23 Nov 2007 04:11:36
Germany set to boost biofuels
The German government has announced plans to significantly increase the country''s use of low-carbon biofuels, introducing targets that would put their production of the energy source at levels above those required by the European Union (EU).
With the launch of a Biofuels Roadmap, they have doubled targets for biofuel production, from a previous level of five per cent to ten per cent of all energy production by 2010.
Ten years later the plan, which was launched following consultation with Germany''s automobile, oil and farming sectors, aims to reach 20 per cent, which is equal to double the amount expected by the EU.
Announcing the plans earlier this week, government ministers emphasised the importance of the new levels of production relying on sustainable production and keeping carbon emissions as low as possible.
Checkbiotrch.org reports Matthias Wissmann, chairman of the German Federation of the Automobile Industry, said: "We have set in motion a transition towards second-generation biofuels, which are virtually carbon-neutral and to not have any effect on food prices."
The EU is planning to require biofuels used in Europe to produce at least a ten per cent reduction in carbon emissions compared to fossil fuels, Reuters recently reported.