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13th of February 2012

The podium at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin

Author / Source: FNR

In 2009 the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) of the European Union came into force. This directive implies sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids and requires a verification of sustainability for liquid energy carriers. Ordinances for biofuels and electricity implement the directive in Germany. According to these ordinances the certification of domestic as well as imported biomass is privately organised and is controlled by the BLE.

The podium at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) discussed EU plans to extend the verification of sustainability to other branches of bioenergy, i.e. solid biomass. Critical voices pointed out to weaknesses and limits of currently installed certification schemes. As was expressed by several speakers, the RED is not yet fully implemented in the EU, thus an extension of the current regime is very unlikly until that would be fulfilled.

During the podium the German position was elabrorated and the praxis of certification schemes explained. Representatives of producers, processors and NGO's gave statements and suggestions on how they see the future of the sustainability certificaiton in Europe. Current problems were addressed and solutions discussed.

A summary report and the presentations are available in German language.



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