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The truth about European biofuels

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In Europe, transport accounts for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions and nearly 97% of all energy used in transport comes from fossil fuels. This is unsustainable. Europe needs a more sustainable energy future. In 2009, the EU passed the Renewable Energy Directive. Europe’s goal was ambitious and sensible: 10% renewable energy in transport by 2020. Thanks to that policy, first-generation biofuels today are a successful and important alternative to fossil fuels in transport. Europe is now home to a well-established industry that makes clean, renewable fuels, produced mainly from European crops. The biofuels industry has invested billions across the EU. Biofuels support 220,000 jobs and provide farmers with additional income. The benefits of biofuels are significant. First-generation biofuels are already reducing emissions by a minimum of 35%, while simultaneously paving the way for 2nd and 3rd generation biofuels. The use of biofuels reduces Europe’s fossil fuel imports by more than 11 billion Euros a year. The production of biofuels also creates protein-rich feed for European livestock. This reduces protein imports by more than 4.5 billion Euros a year. European biofuels comply with the strictest sustainability criteria in the world. Crops for biofuels are not grown on deforested land, peatlands or in areas with a high biodiversity value. The land used to grow the crops accounts for less than 2% of the agricultural area in Europe. Thanks to sustainable growing practices, biofuels stay true to their objective: to contribute to cleaner transportation in Europe.