Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Please respond to UK Dept. for Transport biofuel consultation

The UK Government's Department for Transport is running two consultations until 2 June 2011 on the implementation in the UK of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) as they apply to energy use in surface transport.

The consultations acknowledge that the sustainability of biofuels remains questionable, and consequently do not commit the UK to go beyond a blending level of 5% in petrol and diesel. (It is currently around 3.5%). But this is still unacceptable. Government is really saying that it is OK for the social and environmental impacts of UK transport biofuels to increase nearly two-fold between now and 2014.

This would be deeply concerning at any time. But with global food prices rising steeply, biofuel expansion being promoted for other sectors, and land-grabbing and human rights abuses increasingly being reported from biofuel producing countries, it is a scandal.

Over 80% of our transport biofuels are imported. As a result, the impacts of biofuel production fall most heavily on less wealthy countries where weak governance leads to exploitation of natural and human resources. In addition, biofuels are worsening greenhouse gas emissions when we are running out of time to avert runaway climate change.

More information and a ready-made email responding to the consultation are here:

(You can adapt the text in the email )

Please note the deadline - 2 June.


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Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass.

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