Bioenergy: a future with many uncertainties

Bioenergy has many faces. In Hamburg, Vattenfall feeds biogas into the gas grid.

The use of biofuels is becoming an increasingly volatile political issue. Associations are making serious accusations against Germany’s Environment Minister Lemke and Agriculture Minister Özdemir. Lemke is accused of being “responsible for failing to meet climate action targets in the transport sector,” the biofuel industry said on Wednesday. According to the associations, a plan by the Federal Ministry for the Environment “to gradually phase out biofuels from cultivated biomass” would make it impossible to achieve the climate targets in the transportation sector. On January 19, Lemke submitted a draft to stop government subsidies for biofuels to the departmental vote. The draft envisages a phase-out of biofuels from food crops and rapeseed in Germany by 2030.

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