4 reasons biofuels aren't the answer...
Politicians and corporations are promoting the large-scale production of fuels from crops. They claim these biofuels are an easy solution to climate change.
But the rush to grow biofuels can:
- Threaten people’s food supply and farmers’ livelihoods
Biofuels compete with food production for land and water. This results in rising food prices around the world, especially in developing countries.
- Destroy forests and other valuable habitats
98% of the rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia will be gone within 15 years under current logging rates, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. Biofuels are part of the problem.
- Increase greenhouse gases
Europe’s biofuel target could result in 56 million tonnes of additional climate emissions, the equivalent of an extra 26 million cars on Europe’s roads by 2020.
- Divert support from other renewable energy sources
The Government is subsidising the burning of trees in power stations as “renewable energy”. But this is threatening forests and can result in more CO2 than burning coal.
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Our Government must promote genuine solutions to climate change, which include cutting down on the amount of meat we produce and consume, promoting more fuel-efficient cars and improving public transport.
More greenhouse gas cuts could be achieved at lower cost and risk by implementing a range of other policies