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BIOFUELS USING SOY, PALM TO BE BANNED IN BELGIUM, CITE DEFORESTATION
Agri-Pulse reports:

Starting next year, Belgium plans to ban the use of biofuels made with soy oil and palm oil as part of the country's efforts to comply with the European Union's effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under its Renewable Energy Directive, first adopted in 2018.

The directive leaves it up to individual European countries on how they will show improved sustainability and Belgium is focused on the conversion of environmentally sensitive land and deforestation as farmers plant more crops, according to USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.

"The Belgian Ministry for the Environment explains that they wish to exclude biofuels that cause widespread deforestation and land use change from the Belgian market," according to the FAS report out of Brussels. "They note that some studies conclude that palm and (soy) oil are the most environmentally damaging raw materials in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, indirect land use change and deforestation."


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