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Portugal should comply with biofuels directive EU

Staff writer ▼ | May 5, 2016
Portugal should fully comply its biofuels legislation with Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the European Commission said.
Energy sources   The EU has to reach a 20% share of renewable energy
Under the directive, implemented in 2009, the EU has to reach a 20% share of renewable energy in its final energy consumption in 2020 and includes individual national targets for each member state, Platts reports.

Member states have to ensure 10% of energy consumption in their transport sector comes from renewable energy.

One way of contributing to this specific transport target is promoting biofuels, which need to meet the set of sustainability requirements regardless of their country of origin, the EC said.

However, "the Portuguese legislation on biofuels contradicts the Directive in two respects", the EC said.

First, the Portuguese mandate favored locally produced biofuels over biofuels produced elsewhere. Second, the legislation imposes stricter sustainability requirements on some biofuels, without this being warranted by the directive.

The EC set gave Portugal two months to address the concerns, otherwise the EC "may decide to refer it [Portugal] to the Court of Justice of the EU".