France to restrict use of palm oil in biofuels: minister

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Posted: Jul 06, 2017 6:43 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - France will take measures to restrict the use of palm oil in the production of biofuels with the aim of reducing indirect deforestation, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Thursday.

"We will close a window that was giving the possibility to incorporate palm oil in biofuels," Hulot said as he was presenting a wider plan on the fight against climate change.

He did not detail the measures envisaged to restrict palm oil use but said he wanted to stop "imported deforestation" in France, pointing to non sustainable palm oil and soybeans.

Palm oil is among vegetable oils used to make biodiesel.

France's largest biodiesel producer Avril said last month it would reduce output, notably due to increasing competition from cheaper imported palm oil.

(Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide and Gus Trompiz)