Agrofuels Europe should stop its drive for agrofuels which have devastating environmental and social consequences

12 December 2013

European Union energy chiefs failed today to limit the quantities of 'food based' biofuels allowed in Europe in a key debate in Brussels. The outcome means that plans to prevent biofuels competing with food will be further delayed, pushing more people into hunger and leading to further deforestation.

27 November 2013

This Friday (November 29) a crucial meeting will take place in Brussels which is likely to determine the fate of the EU's controversial biofuels policy.

The meeting between all EU ambassadors will aim to reach an agreement on how to reform Europe's failing biofuels policy, which Europe's energy ministers will then 'rubber stamp' when they vote on December 12.

Agrofuels are worsening climate change, threatening people's food security, driving land grabs, and destroying forests and other crucial ecosystems.
Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns to stop Europe's drive for agrofuels, and expose their real social and environmental costs. We campaign for proper carbon accounting, and the scrapping of targets and subsidies for agrofuels in Europe.

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  • Robbie Blake
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      Plant-based fuels from agriculture. Also known as biofuels

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      Measuring Europe’s land footprint and tackling the drivers of land grabbing

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