12 June 2008, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Committee of the European Parliament hosted a roundtable
entitled: "Sustainable Biofuel Production in
Tropical and Subtropical Countries". The event
was chaired by MEP Anders Wijkman, Rapporteur for the
Renewables Directive in ENVI.
took place between 9:30 and 12:30 in the European Parliament
in Brussels (PHS 1 A 002).
There are very good preconditions for biofuel production in
some tropical and subtropical countries. The climate and lots
of direct sun-light make biomass production efficientery e
compared to production in Europe. In some countries the availability
of idle or degraded land offers additional opportunities.
Ethanol from Brazilian sugar cane is the most well-known example.
Increasing production may for some developing countries offer
a good opportunity to increase exports and at the same time
meet some of the internal energy demands. However, the willingness
in investment may be constrained by issues of political stability
or uncertainties regarding the demands for imports. Most importantly,
questions of how to use the potential for production in a
sustainable way need to be raised:
What is needed from the policy side to give the right incentives
to such development.
How may sustainable production of biofuels in developing countries
- What are relevant criteria for a sustainable production
- How can a feasible implementation and reporting on these
criteria be ensured?
- What are the consequences of these criteria for the practical
||"Sustainable Biofuel Production
in Tropical and Subtropical Countries"
12 June 2008, 09:30 - 12:30
room PHS 1 A 002, Brussel
||Download the map of the venue [pdf, 182 KB]
The entrance to
the event is via the lobby of the Paul Henri Spaak (PHS building)
where security badges /name tags will be issued.
The event is organised by Ecologic and IEEP, together with the EP's ENVI Committee Secretariat and the EP's Policy Department A.