German biodiesel producers encouraged by election results

By Nicholas Zeman | September 18, 2009
Posted October 7, 2009

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was reelected to a four-year term on September 27, and is working to form a coalition government between her Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union parties and the Free Democratic Party.

Biopetrol Industries AG, based in Zug, Switzerland, operates biodiesel plants in Schwarzheide and Rostock, Germany, and stated: "The protagonists in the coalition parties have positioned themselves in the run-up to the elections on issues concerning environmental and energy policy with virtually identical statements clearly in favor of biofuels."

Biopetrol said that previous policy in Germany resulted in biodiesel actually being hampered instead of receiving tax concessions. "The current under-compensation, that is to say the insufficient support of pure biofuel, requires appropriate correction and adjustment of the tax concession," said Christel Happach-Kasan, FDP spokesman for renewable energy and rural development, in a press release. "The government has also lost sight that, when looked at overall, there are very good reasons for supporting the production of biodiesel."
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