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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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Promote and upscale voluntary standards and certification schemes to demonstrate compliance with sustainable water management requirements.

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Voluntary standards and certification can contribute to a change in water management practices at the farm and factory levels. Through market benefits, certified companies would be incentivized to improve their production techniques. Some existing voluntary standards and certification require compliance with a number of rules aiming at the protection of water rights and resources, both from a quantitative and a qualitative perspective. Credible standards shall be developed through a multi-stakeholder dialog and consensus building, as prescribed by ISEAL Codes of Conduct and include strict implementation systems (chain of custody management, rules for accreditation and certification, communication and claims).

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