What are the Commission’s recommendations regarding biofuels amidst the current heightened geopolitical tensions?
Question for written answer E-003212/2022
to the Commission
Mathilde Androuët (ID)
The Ukraine conflict is pushing up grain prices and sending shock waves through world oilseed supplies. It has put food security in the spotlight, especially in relation to biofuels. Back in 2013, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was already applauding the effective biofuel development policies that had been introduced, while also remarking that policies now needed to quickly move onto orienting ‘this success towards food security’.
But now some experts would like us to drastically cut our use of grain-based ethanol, in order to replace imports of Ukrainian grain. NGO Transport & Environment, along with other organisations, is lobbying the Commission and calling on governments to stop using raw materials derived from food and feed crops in biofuels.
- 1.Does the Commission agree with the call to prioritise food production?
- 2.Does the Commission think the intensive use of farmland to save fossil fuels is justified, especially given the tensions surrounding oil supplies and the restrictions on Russian crude oil imports into the EU?
- 3.Does the Commission think that cutting biofuel production will end up increasing our greenhouse gas emissions – something that is at odds with the aims of the European Green Deal?