European Commission’s renewable energy targets fuel steep rise in use of palm oil for biodiesel

According to leaked trade industry figures, some 45% of palm oil imported into Europe is used for biodiesel, a massive rise that is directly linked to EU’s policy which targets sourcing 10% of Europe’s transport energy from renewable sources. “This detailed article in the Guardian points out that the EU’s focus on biodiesel ignores the Commission’s own findings that greenhouse gas emissions from biodiesel are three times higher than from conventional fuels when indirect effects are considered, such as significant deforestation in south east Asia,” comments Richard Lilleystone, Gazasia CEO.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/01/leaked-figures-show-spike-in-palm-oil-use-for-biodiesel-in-europe

 

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