US blocks Indian draft decision on biofuels at MEPC

LONDON: The US on Monday turned the one nation to halt the adoption of a draft MEPC decision on biofuel put ahead by India on Monday on the MEPC session right here, demanding additional discussions on the matter previous to recommending it to a working group on air air pollution and vitality effectivity to finalise the decision/round.
Sources advised PTI that the US got here up with the suggestion on Monday morning on the eightieth session of the Marine Setting Safety Committee (MEPC) with out elevating it in earlier deliberations when the overwhelming majority of the group thought-about it an instantaneous requirement and to be thought-about additional by the Intersessional Working Group on Air Air pollution and Vitality Effectivity
Sources stated the opposition raised by the US could possibly be because of the truth that selling bio-fuel as a drop in gasoline may negatively influence the promotion of different inexperienced fuels resembling Ammonia and Hydrogen, the fuels that the US is placing cash on.
India’s draft MEPC decision put ahead a biofuel that’s licensed by the Worldwide Certification Scheme to substantiate the sustainability elements within the Life Cycle Evaluation tips are being assigned a CO2 emission conversion issue as zero.
This draft decision geared toward facilitating the uptake of biofuels and discount of the GHG emissions.
“The Intersessional Working Group mentioned the identical and a overwhelming majority of the group thought-about that it was an instantaneous requirement and to be thought-about additional by the Working Group on air air pollution & vitality effectivity,” an Indian delegation consultant stated.
However the draft decision couldn’t be submitted to the Working Group because the US demanded additional discussions.
“We’re definitely not in opposition to the biofuels. We needed to listen to extra individuals’s observations on it within the plenary earlier than submitting it to the Intersessional Working Group. We now have no different agenda,” a delegate representing the US advised.


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