Tuesday, May 31, 2016

[biofuelwatch] Increase in EU biodiesel use 2010-14 due entirely to more palm oil imports


Cars and trucks burn almost half of all palm oil used in Europe

  • All the growth (34%) in EU biodiesel since 2010 comes from imported palm oil
  • EU biodiesel is now 80% worse for the climate than fossil diesel

In 2014, 45% of all the palm oil used in Europe ended up in the tanks of cars and trucks, data from EU vegetable oil industry association Fediol and obtained by green group Transport & Environment has revealed. This is equivalent to four Olympic-size swimming pools of palm oil every day. [1] It's the first time that the sources of biodiesel in Europe have been made public.

An earlier Biodiesel's impact: emissions of an extra 12m cars on our roads, latest figures show | Transport & Environment of a European Commission study revealed that the climate impact of biodiesel from palm oil is three times that of fossil diesel because palm expansion drives deforestation and peatland drainage in South-East Asia, Latin America and Africa. [2]

Europe's use of palm oil in diesel increased six fold between 2010 and 2014. This explosion has fueled all of the 34% growth in biodiesel consumption in Europe in that period. Europe does not produce palm oil because palm trees need a tropical climate to grow in.

Jos Dings, executive director of Transport & Environment, said: "We now know why the industry is withholding these numbers, they show the ugly truth of Europe's biofuel policy. It drives tropical deforestation, increases transport emissions, does nothing to help European farmers and does not improve our energy security. As if Dieselgate is not bad enough, we now have a Biodieselgate on top."

Palm oil used for non-energy purposes (for example, food, animal feed, cosmetics and soap) actually declined by one-third between 2010 and 2014. In 2014, 60% of Europe's total palm oil consumption went into transport, electricity generation and heating.

Biodiesel made from virgin vegetable oil is the most popular biofuel in the European market with a market share of three-quarters. Europe is the second largest importer of palm oil in the world. [3]

Jos Dings concluded: "We should phase out first-generation biofuels after 2020. Moreover, we should end the folly whereby biofuels that harm the climate still count as zero-emission fuels towards our climate targets. If we do not end incentives for bad biofuels, the better ones will not stand a chance."

The European Commission is currently reviewing the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), which decides the future of the current 7% cap for first-generation biofuels after 2020, and sustainability criteria for all bioenergy including biofuels. The EU executive body will publish a proposal in the final quarter of this year. 

Notes to editors:

[1] One Olympic-size swimming pool contains 2.5 million litres. In 2014 transport in Europe burned around 3.5 billion litres of palm oil.

[2] Last year's reform of EU biofuels policy established a limit on the growing consumption of land-based biofuels, which, because of indirect land-use change (ILUC) emissions, increase carbon emissions rather than reduce them. But the reform failed to include ILUC emissions in the carbon accounting of biofuels under the RED and Fuel Quality Directive, meaning harmful biofuels such as palm-oil biodiesel can still be counted toward the EU targets and receive public financial support.

[3] United Nations Comtrade data 2016.


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

[biofuelwatch] EcoWatch: Is Biomass Energy Renewable?

Is Biomass Energy Renewable?

- by Josh Schlossberg, May 17, 2016, EcoWatch

A report funded by Clean Air Council questions whether biomass should count as renewable energy, arguing that carbon dioxide and air pollutant emissions disqualify the controversial energy source.

Wood Burning, Biomass, Air Pollution and Climate Change, by Christopher D. Ahlers, adjunct professor of Law at Vermont Law School, explains that the term renewable is a "subjective policy judgment" that must take into account the health and environmental impacts of a given energy source.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

[biofuelwatch] Will the Paris Agreement undermine the SDGs? [1 Attachment]

For those of you who are in Bonn for the climate talks today!

The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) is an international coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples' Organisations defending social justice and the rights of forest peoples in forest policies

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

[biofuelwatch] Palm oil protest urges boycott at London Stock Exchange

Palm oil protest urges boycott at London Stock Exchange
Published: 04 May 2016
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Palm oil protest urges boycott at London Stock Exchange
[LONDON] Indigenous and civil society leaders from Indonesia, Peru, Colombia and Liberia gathered in London Wednesday to urge a boycott of firms that commit human rights violations and land seizures to cultivate palm oil.
The delegates presented a petition to the London Stock Exchange calling on investors, consumers and governments to ensure palm oil used in the European Union is from sustainable sources.
The EU is the third largest importer of palm oil, a key ingredient in many everyday goods, from biscuits to make-up.
Demand for the oil has rocketed in recent years but the expansion of the industry has been blamed for the destruction of tropical forests and polluting forest fires.
Signatories from the four countries called on Europeans to "stop investing and funding companies and business operations that are associated directly or indirectly with human rights violations, past or present illegal land acquisitions, deforestation and other environmental damage".
They also called for strict controls to ensure that food, cosmetic and drink products are free from palm oil associated with such abuses.
Willian Aljure, an activist with the Colombian group CONPAZ, added that the group wanted "international solidarity" to demand protection and justice for indigenous and local communities affected by the palm oil sector.
"You cannot separate human rights from environmental damage," he said in a statement.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

[biofuelwatch] Palm oil growth behind Indonesia's decades of burning

Why today's global warming has roots in Indonesia's genocidal past | Joshua Oppenheimer


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