1 June 2011

This briefing demonstrates that biofuels are a false solution for the aviation industry. The social and environmental impacts of current biofuels can be devastating: they cause deforestation, food price rises, hunger, poverty, biodiversity loss and they often produce more GHG emissions than the fossil fuels they replace. Biofuels present the aviation industry with a convenient blind alley, facilitating the industry’s expansion plans and avoiding pressure to reduce their fuel use and diverting political attention from the real need to cut air travel in order to reduce climate change.

1 December 2010

Growing demand for meat, animal feeds and agrofuels in Europe is contributing to the continued destruction of the Amazon and Cerrado habitats in Brazil. 'From Forest to Fork' takes the most recent data available and finds that the European Union is the fourth biggest global importer of Brazilian meat and one of the main markets for Brazilian soy. It calls for Europe to reduce its dependence on imported soy animal feeds and meat.

1 December 2010

The much-touted biofuel crop jatropha isneither a profitable nor a sustainable investment, according to this report.

1 November 2010

This study analyses the likely impacts on land use and greenhouse gas emissions of biofuel use by 2020. It includes evidence on size and impacts of ‘indirect land use change’ resulting from biofuel use. It is the most comprehensive study to date to quantify these effects. It reveals that the EU’s plans for biofuels will result in the conversion of up to 69 000 square kilometres of land to agricultural use potentially putting forests, other natural ecosystems, and poor communities at risk.

1 August 2010

The amount of land being taken in Africa to meet Europe’s increasing demand for biofuels is underestimated and out of control, this investigation reveals. The research looks at 11 African countries and finds at least five million hectares of land is being acquired by foreign companies to produce biofuels mainly for the European market. The report reveals how local communities are having their land taken, forests and natural vegetation are being cleared, and there are few safeguards for local community land rights.

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.

1 March 2010

This report reveals that the Malaysian showcase company IOI Group does not live up to its environmental promises in newly established plantations in the Ketapang district – the Indonesian part of Borneo. Glossy CSR policies, engagement in multi-stakeholder initiatives and the possession of certificates from the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil do not offer proof of IOI Group’s ‘green’ credentials. Instead, Europe’s increasing demand for palm oil in food and biofuels is leading to deforestation, breaches of environmental law and land conflicts in Asia.

1 December 2009

The majority of car advertisements are not complying with the EU Directive for fuel consumption and CO2 labeling. By analysing several case studies in 6 countries, the study gives recommendations to improve current directive implementation and future revisions.

1 November 2009

This analysis of EU biofuel policy highlights the failure of EU law to account for the environmental impact of indirect land use change when calculating the greenhouse gas benefits of biofuels meaning there is a substantial risk that current EU biofuel policy will cause more harm than good.

The report also warns that current EU legislation fails to address the risks to biodiversity and to vulnerable communities in some of the poorest regions of the world.

1 October 2008

This report examines the case of the vast Malaysian State of Sarawak, which is developing large-scale plantations at breath-taking speed having overexploited its timber resources and depleted its forests.

Sarawak plans to more than double its 2007 levels of oil palm acreage by 2010, taking it to a total of 1.3 million hectares.

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