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Renewable Energy Directive: Operationalising Criteria to Protect Highly Biodiverse Grassland from Expanded Biofuel Production - WC1005

Description
The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) sets out a series of environmental sustainability criteria that any biofuel or bioliquid utilised on the EU market place must meet to count towards the 2020 targets set out in the Directive or be eligible for any kind of subsidy or support. Within these criteria the RED specifies a number of valued land-uses that must not be directly converted for the production of biofuel or bioliquid feedstocks, including highly biodiverse grasslands globally. This study reviews in detail mechanisms for implementing the criteria for the protection of highly biodiverse grasslands under the RED, specifically examining the proposed approach to assessment presented by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).

The study has three specific objectives: to review the applicability and practicability of the IEEP approach based on three case examples on the production of biofuel feedstocks (the production of soy in Argentina, rapeseed in the UK and palm oil in Indonesia); to examine proposed voluntary schemes for certifying biofuels in line with the RED requirements, their coverage of grasslands and their compatibility with the IEEP approach; and to consider the possible expansion of the IEEP approach to the assessment of the other six protected land uses specified in the RED. Ultimately this work is intended to support the process for finalising the implementation of the requirements under RED, specifically the comitology process that will be utilised by the Commission to further define an approach to dealing with highly biodiverse grasslands.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Renewable Energy Directive: Operationalising Criteria to Protect Highly Biodiverse Grassland from Expanded Biofuel Production   (700k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2010

Cost: £10,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute for European Environmental Pol
Keywords
Biodiversity              
Environmental Protection              
Habitat conservation              
Nature conservation