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Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) water indicators and methodology for water use and water quality.

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In May 2011, the GBEP Steering Committee endorsed the set of 24 relevant, practical, science-based, voluntary sustainability indicators for bioenergy defined by the GBEP Task Force on Sustainability.  The indicators are intended to guide any analysis undertaken of bioenergy at the domestic level with a view to informing decision making and facilitating the sustainable development of bioenergy and, accordingly, shall not be applied so as to limit trade in bioenergy in a manner inconsistent with multilateral trade obligations.  Within these indicators are those related to water.  The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Germany co-lead the sub-group on water, this sub-group has developed the water indicators and corresponding methodology sheets.

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Develop and/or adapt policy and policy instruments related to biofuels in order to regulate usage and ensure efficient water use

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In addition to the RED (Renewable Energy Directives) requirements, in the European Union, feedstock used for biofuels production must be produced respecting the provisions of a legislative framework in which the main parts are the Water Framework Directive, the Nitrates Directive and the Common Agriculture Policy. These three Directives or policy sector are not targeting specifically biofuels or bioenergy. Yet, it is essential to monitor the policy implementation, whatever the quality of the legislation, and have the capacity to react with adequate tools. For all policies, a key element, in addition to the content of the legislation, is the control of the implementation and the measures taken in the case of non respect of the legislation.

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