The fact that the European Commission openly admits that it bases policy not on facts, or science, or evidence, but ‘emotion’ is a sad day. This statement by EU Commission’s Director of Renewable Energy, Marie Donnelly, comes as EU officials get ready to revise the RED Directive.
For anyone in need of a refresher, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive is being used as a discriminatory protectionist weapon against foreign biofuel imports like Palm Oil used in transport and energy production. MEPs, their Green friends and sympathetic European industrial interests each year look to restrict Palm Oil’s market access with policies such as Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) criteria for biofuels, which arbitrarily block market access for Palm Oil. They’ve failed to date because these proposals are unworkable and unscientific. A WTO challenge is already underway related to the EU’s treatment of Palm Oil biofuel imports. Facing this reality, they are simply going to make this an emotional fight now.