European Union policy
The countries of the European Union collectively import a large quantity of biofuels, such as palm oil from Southeast Asia. The EU has a number of policies related to biofuels, including a target for renewable energy sources to reach 20% of overall EU energy consumption by 2020. The European Biofuels Directive (2003/30/EC), (May 2003) set a target of 2% biofuels by 2005 (which was not met) and a target of 5.75% biofuels by 2010. For more information, see the BioenergyWiki page on EU policies on biofuels.
Individual countries in Europe also have significant biofuels-related policies, including The Transport Biofuels Act of the Netherlands and the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) of the United Kingdom.
European Biofuels Directive (2003)
Countries: The Netherlands: The Transport Biofuels Act | United Kingdom: Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation
Is biofuel policy harming biodiversity in Europe?, Eggers, et al., February 2009, GCB Bioenergy Vol 1, Issue 1, pp 18-34.
The authors assessed the potential impacts of biofuel policy on biodiversity in Europe.
Latin America and the Caribbean Brazil
National Program of Biodiesel Production and Use (PNPB)
Social Fuel Stamp – Provides tax incentives for biodiesel producers to purchase feedstocks from small family farms in poorer regions of the country. The stamp also indicates to consumers that the biodiesel they purchase is helping support small-scale agriculture.