Three Briefings on Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) and Emissions from Biofuel Crops

1 August 2010

EU biofuel targets are leading to a rapid increase in demand for agricultural land at the expense of forests and other carbon rich habitats. This expansion is often indirect - biofuel crops displace other crops which move to the forest. Scientific research has now shown that emissions from indirect land use change (ILUC) have the potential to negate any greenhouse gas emission savings which might be generated from biofuel use.

This series of 3 briefings – looking at three different displacement chains – illustrates the reality of indirect land use change, highlighting how the EU’s biofuel policy could in fact be aggravating climate change.