Embargo: Immediate Friday 12 May 2006

Contact: Owen Williams 020 7219 8659


Following the publication of the European Commission's 'EU Strategy for Biofuels' the House of Lords European Union Committee on Environment and Agriculture, under the chairmanship of Lord Renton of Mount Harry, will examine the progress made by Member States to reach their biofuel use targets.

The Committee will evaluate the factors that have affected the development of national biofuels markets, assess which Member States have been most successful in meeting their targets, and examine how they have achieved their objectives. Consideration will be given to the main barriers to greater biofuel production and what steps the European Commission should take to further the development of the biofuels market.

The Committee will start its inquiry by questioning Lord Rooker, Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on Wednesday 7 June at 11.45am

Lord Renton, the Chairman of the Committee, said:

"Biofuels represent an important and growing source of energy for the European Union, but they must be produced in a way which maximises the environmental and economic benefits for the public.

"Measures proposed by the European Commission and Member States must protect the environment while also providing the appropriate financial support to this emerging market.

"Time is short for our inquiry and this is such an important issue we are aiming to report before Parliament's summer recess."

Notes for Editors

1. A call for evidence was issued in on 10 May and is available here:

The Committee will accept written submissions until Monday 19 June 2006.

2. The 'EU Strategy for Biofuels' is available at:

3. The Members of the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee D (Environment and Agriculture) who will conduct the inquiry are:

Lord Renton of Mount Harry (Chair)

Lord Cameron of Dillington

Lord Christopher

Lord Haskins

Lord Lewis of Newnham

Lord Livsey of Talgarth

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

Lord Palmer

Earl Peel

Lord Plumb

Lord Sewel

Further information (including further copies of the call for evidence) from:

Peter Hills-Jones, Committee Specialist:

Tel: 020 7219 2922