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

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

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 diesel. Despite that, it’s used more and more to fuel European diesel cars and trucks. And drivers don’t know they are burning palm.

All the growth in EU biodiesel since 2010 comes from imported palm oil. So much so that drivers are now the top consumers of palm oil in Europe.

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This article was originally published on Transport & Environment’s website.

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