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Today there is considerable media coverage of the EU climate package and also some of the UN talks on deforestation at Poznan, but very little mention of the mandatory 'renewable' transport energy targets that will force increased agrofuel use, albeit that this element was agreed last week.
Please write to the newspapers to draw attention to the transport energy targets and critical issues (see for example posts ##2778, 2758 and the letter text at http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/red_mep_2008_dec.php#start). Or you could mention that the Council of Europe's insistence on the removal of the legal requirement drafted by MEPs that indirect land-use emissions be accounted for in biofuel "sustainability" (post #2783 and see also Euractiv, http://tinyurl.com/5vhcb3 and http://euobserver.com/19/27236) contradicts many assurances the UK Government has made that it was seeking that ILUC be addressed in EU biofuel "sustainability" criteria (see for example response to the King Review via link in post #2762). Below is the online coverage I could find on UK newspapers.
1. Financial Times - email@example.com
NB restricted access after the first 3 article viewings per month.
Online 12 December: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/43cfad5c-c831-11dd-b86f-000077b07658.html - main article, biofuels not specifically mentioned.
Online 10 December: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2a7dd94a-c6ed-11dd-97a5-000077b07658.html - Analysis: "Tilting at windmills"
Excerpt: "On Thursday, heads of state return to Brussels in a last-ditch effort to conclude a pact that would put the EU at the forefront of the fight against global warming. Member states would commit to cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020 while also drawing 20 per cent of their energy from renewable sources, such as wind and biofuels, and increasing energy efficiency by an equivalent amount.
If it is successful, Europe will not only demonstrate on a grand scale that it is possible for big economies to reduce their emissions. It could also prod the US, China, India and others to sign up to a global climate pact at a summit in Copenhagen next December."
2. The Independent - firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/un-poised-to-agree-action-to-halt-rainforest-destruction-1062900.html - UN poised to agree action to halt rainforest destruction -
"Britain leads negotiations and pledges £100m to cut impact of deforestation"
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/eu-accused-of-subsidising-climate-change-after-watereddown-deal-1064470.html - main article: "*20 per cent increase in use of renewable energy by 2020.", biofuels not specifically mentioned.
3. The Guardian - email@example.com
Brief reference to biofuels in http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/dec/12/carbonemissions-climatechange1
4. The Times - firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article5333514.ece - biofuels not specifically mentioned.
5. The Scotsman - letters form: http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/contactus.aspx
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/politics/EU-climate-deal--a.4790321.jp - brief coverage, biofuels not specifically mentioned.
6. London Evening Standard - email@example.com
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23600506-details/EU+heads+seek+climate+change+deal/article.do - brief coverage, also of financial deal, biofuels not specifically mentioned.
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