FRIENDS OF THE EARTH EUROPE /
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH INTERNATIONAL
BRUSSELS / AMSTERDAM / JAKARTA, April 28 – Today, the European Parliament agreed new EU laws to limit the use of crop-based biofuels.
EU law makers ruled that biofuels can compete with food production, contribute to climate change, and put pressure on land use – and so have set a limit on the quantity of biofuels that can be used to meet EU energy targets (at no more than 7% of transport energy).
With Europe the world’s biggest user and importer of biodiesel – from crops such as palm oil, soy and rapeseed – the vote will have a major impact around the world, notably in the EU’s main international supplier countries Indonesia, Malaysia and Argentina. It is likely to signal the end to the expanding use of food crops for transport fuel.
Robbie Blake, Friends of the Earth Europe’s biofuels campaigner, said:
“Let no-one be in doubt, the biofuels bubble has burst. These fuels do more harm than good for people, the environment and the climate. The EU’s long-awaited move to put the brakes on biofuels is a clear signal to the rest of the world that this is a false solution to the climate crisis. This must spark the end of burning food for fuel.”
This decision brings to an end ten years of debate in the EU over the unintended detrimental effects of biofuels demand on food prices, hunger, forest destruction, land consumption, and climate change.
Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Friends of the Earth International’s food sovereignty coordinator, said:
“While the EU has not gone far enough to stop the irresponsible use of food crops for car fuel, this new law acknowledges a reality that small scale food producers worldwide know […]