Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New EDM 1916 - Policy on Biofuels and their Effects

New EDM 1916 - Policy on Biofuels and their Effects
Tue, 14 June 2011 | House of Commons - Early Day Motion

The following EDM was tabled on 14 June 2011.

New EDM Tabled


Mark Durkan

That this House welcomes the recent announcements from the Government regarding biofuels, but continues to have concerns over the negative impacts of current biofuels on people, food prices, wildlife habitats and the climate; notes that recent research found that the net effect of increases in biofuel use would lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, rather than a reduction; further notes that currently proposed sustainability criteria fail to address impacts on rising food prices and social issues, as well as knock-on effects on natural habitats and carbon stocks; urges the Government, as part of the ongoing amendment to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, to freeze biofuel use at the current levels of 3.3 per cent. until the sustainability of biofuels can be assured; further urges the Government to develop policy measures that reduce energy demand and support non-biofuel renewable energy sources in transport, including electric cars using electricity from renewable sources; and further urges the Government in the short-term to incentivise only the use of sustainable bioliquids, such as locally-sourced used cooking oil.

Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 14.06.2011

Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 14.06.2011

Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 14.06.2011

Cash, William Conservative Party Stone 14.06.2011

Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 14.06.2011

McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 14.06.2011


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

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