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Because we all need to reduce our use of fossil fuels, the EU has set a target requiring member states to use at least 10% plant-based biofuels in petrol by 2020. This target will divert large amounts of land from food crops to growing plants for biofuels, increasing food prices in the process. It will also destroy forests and wildlife habitats, and studies have shown that the use of biofuels may even lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

Friends of the Earth is asking for an end to biofuels targets and investment in public transport and greater fuel efficiency, which will lead to the same reductions in emissions without making food unaffordable for the world’s poor.



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      In London next week? Join the #AxeDrax protest. Can’t be there? Please sign the petition

      On Wed, 20th April, Drax will be holding their next AGM. Biofuelwatch and their London-based allies, Biomassive, are inviting you to a colourful protest from 11am: Come along to The Grocers’ Hall, Princes Street, London EC2R 8AD at 11am, (closest tube is … Continue reading

      15th Apr 2016
      
      	

      MEPs must back reform of damaging biofuels policy

      MEPs must take action today [Tuesday 24 February 2015] to reform biofuel legislation that’s driving forest destruction, damaging the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the world, and may even be increasing climate changing emissions, said Friends of … Continue reading

      24th Feb 2015
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      EU must stop dithering on biofuels reform

      Commenting today (Thursday 12 December 2013) on EU energy ministers’ vote against biofuel reforms proposed by the Lithuanian presidency, Friends of the Earth Biofuels Campaigner Kenneth Richter said: “Proposals by the Lithuanian presidency to limit the use of transport fuels … Continue reading

      13th Dec 2013
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      MEPs miss opportunity on biofuels vote

      Reacting to the European Parliament’s plenary vote on biofuels today (Wednesday 11 September 2013), Friends of the Earth Biofuels Campaigner Kenneth Richter said: “MEPs have missed a historic opportunity fix a biofuel policy that has led to soaring food prices, … Continue reading

      11th Sep 2013
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      Demand an end to food for fuel – please write to your MEP before 10th July

      European targets for biofuels made from food crops drive deforestation and hunger. We must change this now. A continued policy of high subsidies and targets will cause EU biofuel consumption to double by 2020. The idea was to reduce the … Continue reading

      8th Jul 2013
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      Take action: Stop support for burning trees for power

      The Government is undermining Britain’s commitment to renewable energy. It continues to subsidise power stations that burn trees. Instead it should be investing in clean, green, renewable energy like solar, wind and wave power.

      18th Nov 2012
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