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the Council of State dismisses Total


The #Council of #State rejected #Total’s appeal against the government decree which excluded palm oil-based fuels from biofuels benefiting from a tax advantage.

The #Council of #State on #Thursday rejected an appeal by #Total which challenged a 2019 decree excluding palm oil-based products from the definition of biofuels enjoying a tax advantage.

The company #Total #Raffinage #France demanded the cancellation, “for excess of power”, of this decree taken in #June 2019 and relating to the incentive tax relating to the incorporation of biofuels into gasoline and diesel.

#For #Total, it ignores the #European decisions in favor of the promotion of energies based on renewable sources.

The #French #State in its right

#But in its decision published #Thursday, the #Council of #State considers that #Total “is not justified in requesting the cancellation” in particular because at #European level, “the member states are authorized to determine additional sustainability criteria for fuels derived from biomass “.

“The palm must be regarded as presenting a high risk of inducing indirect changes in land use”, underlines the court.

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#At the end of 2019, the #Constitutional #Council had already rejected #Total, ruling that #Parliament could completely remove the tax advantage for palm oil-based fuels.

#Parliamentarians voted to phase out the tax incentive for palm oil-based products, to the chagrin of #Total, which opened in mid-2019 in #La Mède (#Bouches-du-Rhône) one of the largest biorefineries of #Europe, based in part on this type of supply.

The use of imported palm oil is denounced by environmental NGOs because its extensive cultivation fuels deforestation. #Asked by AFP, #Total did not react immediately.



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