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12 March 2010

Legal action targets EU biofuel policy

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Green groups to take European Commission to court over alleged failure to release documents thought to reveal concerns over the environmental impact of biofuel targets

European biofuel developers are facing fresh uncertainty about the future of the industry, after four environmental groups yesterday launched legal action against the European Union, accusing it of withholding evidence that allegedly shows that current biofuel policies harm the environment and push up food prices.

The lawsuit, filed on Monday by ClientEarth, Transport & Environment, the European Environmental Bureau and BirdLife International, will result in further investment uncertainty in the biofuel sector, which has faced repeated accusations that it is indirectly contributing to deforestation and failing to deliver expected cuts in carbon emissions.


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