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Biofuels: Can a global standard solve the sustainability problem?
Source : climatechangecorp.com
The sustainability of biofuels has again been brought into question, this time by an independent government review in the UK. The Gallagher Review, commissioned by the UK government and released in July, concluded the EU’s biofuels target of 10% of all fuels by 2020 could not be met sustainably and advised that targets be scaled. The report said that international regulatory frameworks are currently insufficient to ensure that biofuel production takes place on marginal or idle land, and that beyond 2020 a supply gap of suitable land may result in unsustainable land conversion. It confirmed that biofuel production is creating an upward pressure on food prices. However, it also said that if robust, comprehensive and mandatory sustainability standards are implemented now, a genuinely sustainable industry could evolve.
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4 September 2008 |
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