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FRENCH GOVERNMENT CLAIMS BIOFUELS HAVE POSITIVE IMPACT ON GREENHOUSE EFFECT.

France's Beet Growers' Confederation (Confederation generale des planteurs de betteraves - CGB) and Wheat and Grain Producers' Association (Association generale des producteurs de ble et autres cereales - AGPB) have welcomed a report published on January 19 by the Inter-Ministerial Mission on the Greenhouse Effect (Mission interministerielle francaise sur l'effet de serre - MIES) which recognises that production of biofuels generates a carbon saving and therefore contributes to reducing the greenhouse effect.However, the CGB and AGPB regret the MIES's failure to take account of the ADEME Environment and Energy Agency's analysis of the positive repercussions of biofuels. The ADEME argues that the benefits of biofuels (in terms of jobs, fiscal and social revenue, etc.) outstrip the tax reductions granted, and therefore yield an overall benefit to the collective.The Inter-Ministerial Mission on the Greenhouse Effect does however recommend a more wide-ranging assessment of the true cost of biofuels compared with that of other options (LPG, electric cars, etc.). This course is consistent with the assessment of productivity gains announced by Prime Minister Lionel Jospin at the Agriculture Round Table on October 21, 1999.The CGB and AGPB are anxious this assessment should be conducted jointly and without further delay by the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Secretariat for Industry, in order to fulfil Agriculture Minister Jean Glavany's commitment at the CGB General Assembly on December 8, 1999 to reach a decision within three months on the licensing of two ETBE (Ethyl Tertio Butyl Ether) production units currently being planned by oil companies, ethanol producers and beet and wheat growers.

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Date:Feb 4, 2000
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