UACES Arena: The best of intentions: are EU biofuels policies on the right road?

Brussels, Belgium

21 April 2011


Prof. Rob Ackrill (Nottingham Trent University) & Dr Adrian Kay (Australian National University in Canberra)

This event is part of the UACES Arena, which is organised by UACES and Edelman | The Centre in cooperation with the University of Kent at Brussels. UACES Arena invites leading scholars to challenge conventional wisdom in the policy-making world and to present new ideas for a changing Europe.

Is the EU able to deliver on the biofuels component of its climate change agenda? Drawing on their ESRC funded research project on the three main biofuels markets (the EU, USA and Brazil), Rob Ackrill and Adrian Kay focus on the dynamics of biofuels markets and EU policies. Starting with an overview of the Commission’s reports on Member States’ progress towards the 2020 targets, the authors debate possible implications of various policy responses. They deal with the EU’s sustainability criteria and WTO-compliance and the controversial policy issue of indirect land-use change.

The effectiveness of the EU’s traceability scheme is challenged through an analysis of a key governance issue arising out of the biofuels sustainability agenda: the ability of the EU to trace sustainable biofuels effectively through a global supply chain. Initial evidence shows this will involve the EU working closely and effectively with private-sector certification bodies, in order to manage the conditions of production globally and the traceability of products exported to the EU. The speakers will identify the major challenges for the EU to deliver on its intentions to increase the use of biofuels in the transport sector – and the possible consequences if it succeeds.

Practical information

This event is free to attend. Places are limited so please reserve a place in advance by sending an email with the subject ‘biofuels’ to by 19 April, stating your name, institution/organization and title. Lecture from 13:00 to 14:00 (with a sandwich lunch from 12:30)

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