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EU biofuels rules a step forward, not perfect, Commissioners say

Reuters: New EU rules to limit how much food can be made into biofuels are "not perfect" and make it harder to achieve overall goals on switching to low carbon energy, European Commissioners said on Wednesday. But they insisted the proposals sent out the right signal to the biofuel industry, which would have to move on to new-generation fuels that do not compete with demand for food. The Commission announced a major policy shift in September, saying it planned to limit crop-based biofuels to 5 percent...

Canada: Alberta: EU dirty oil sands ranking threat to trade

Reuters: The government of Alberta, home to the bulk of Canada's oil sands, has written to EU experts voicing "grave concerns" that the bloc's plans to rank unconventional oil as a highly polluting fuel are unfair and a potential threat to trade ties. "The proposed measure has been deliberately crafted in such a way as to discriminate specifically and uniquely against oil sands derived fuels," said a copy of the letter seen by Reuters. "Alberta believes that the fuel quality directive implementing measure...