Over 100 scientific studies confirm biofuels policies increase food prices – study

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By Nico Muzi, Director of Communications at Transport & Environment. Despite industry’s desperate efforts to deny the impact of biofuels on food prices, a new study shows there is wide scientific consensus that biofuels policies increase global food prices. The analysis, conducted by consultancy Cerulogy for BirdLife Europe & Central Asia and Transport & Environment, reviews over 100 […]

Are food-based biofuels the fuels of the future? Watch the video

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By Nico Muzi, Director of Communications at Transport & Environment. As the European Parliament and national governments prepare to take crucial decisions on Europe’s biofuels policy this autumn, T&E is helping policymakers to see more clearly the complex but crucial issues at stake. It has produced four short videos, gathered on biofuelsreform.org, that query whether biofuels are […]

Reaction to EP vote on LULUCF – we’re not out of the woods yet!

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By Gui Xi Young, Editor and Campaigns Officer at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia. BirdLife Europe & Central Asia welcomes the European Parliament’s increased recognition of the important role that forests, land and ecosystems will have to play in order to reach the targets of the Paris Agreement – recognition that is clearly reflected by the intensive […]

EU trade deals could undermine Europe’s shift to clean biofuels – report

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By Nico Muzi, Director of Communications at Transport & Environment. A free trade agreement between the EU and the Mercosur countries – talks over which resumed this week – could undermine Europe’s goal to stop consuming unsustainable biofuels in transport. A new report by Transport & Environment (T&E) published today shows that the removal of trade barriers in […]

What have been the impacts of EU’s renewable energy policies on forests?

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By Sini Eräjää, EU bioenergy policy officer at BirdLife Europe & Central Asia. Ahead of crucial times at the European Parliament for climate change and forests, the NGOs Fern, Birdlife Europe and Transport & Environment are presenting a new study that gives new insight to the impacts of the Renewable Energy Directive on Europe’s forests. The study […]

Lead MEP wants full climate impact of biofuels accounted for

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By Laura Buffet, Manager, Clean Fuels at Transport & Environment. The full climate impact of biofuels used in Europe would have to be accounted for by countries for the first time, the European Parliament’s lead member on biofuels reform has proposed. If passed, the reform would mean high-emitting biofuels – mainly food-based biodiesel such as […]

VIDEO – Food-based biofuels: cure worse than the disease

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By Nico Muzi, Director of Communications at Transport & Environment. Instead of helping the environment, most biofuels actually hurt it. Biodiesel is the most consumed biofuel in Europe today. The problem? European food-based biodiesel emits, on average, 80% more CO2 than fossil diesel. For example, palm-oil biodiesel releases three times the greenhouse gases emissions of fossil […]

Latest report represents scientific consensus on EU forests in energy, climate and biodiversity policies

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By Hanna Aho, Climate and forest campaigner at Fern. Earlier in May the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) released a report about the multi-functionality of forests and EU policy. EASAC is formed by the national scientific academies of all EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland and is a means for the collective voice of European science […]