On 17 October 2012, the Commission presented the proposal which will amend the Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive. The proposal is complemented by an impact assessment and contains measures which will start the transition to biofuels that deliver substantial GHG savings, taking into account estimated indirect land use emissions.
The EU Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC has identified sustainable biofuels as one of the means to meet targets for renewable energy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in transport. However, this renewable energy policy should not be at the expense of resources needed for food and water security, or in ways which distort markets for agricultural products for human consumption. For FoodDrinkEurope, food must remain the primary outlet for agricultural products.