Over 100 civil society organisations, including Friends of
the Earth Europe, wrote to the European Commission calling for the full climate
impact of agrofuels, including indirect land use change, to be taken into
account in two key pieces of EU legislation. The full letter can be downloaded
on the right.
We told the European Commission that Europe's use of
biofuels to fuel its vehicles risks driving land grabs and deforestation,
increasing food prices, exacerbating poverty and hunger, and accelerating climate
change, and that it needs to take action to ensure Europe's green transport
policy discourages those biofuels that cause higher greenhouse gas emissions
than fossil fuels.
Land that would otherwise be used to feed people and
livestock now satisfies the EU's growing hunger for biofuels. New lands must be
ploughed up elsewhere for food and feed, destroying vital ecosystems and carbon
stores like forests and peat land, a process that releases millions of tons of
emissions and accelerates climate change. This reality undermines the
environmental benefits that EU biofuels policy promises.
The Commission is about to decide on its legislative
proposal on how to deal with this issue. We called on the European Commission
to introduce a proposal for feedstock-specific ILUC emission factors when
calculating carbon footprints in both the Renewable Energy and Fuel Quality