The EU Biofuel Policy and Palm Oil: Cutting subsidies or cutting rainforest?
The report seeks to address one of the blind spots in biofuel policy making, namely the increased use of palm oil in biodiesel produced and consumed in the European Union.
According to Oil World data, the EU biofuels industry has increased its use of palm oil as biodiesel feedstock by 365 per cent from 2006 to 2012, from 0.4 to 1.9 million tonnes per year. The additional demand can be linked primarily to the growth in biodiesel production stimulated by government policies during the same period. If the EU does not cut its current subsidies to biodiesel, it may, in an indirect way, lead to the cutting down of more rainforests, the conversion of more forest and peat land for palm oil plantations, and the emission of more carbon into the atmosphere.
You might also be interested in
Indonesia’s Energy Policy Briefing | July 2020
This policy brief presents and discusses the most recent energy policy developments in Indonesia. It also considers measures designed to mitigate the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis implemented up to May 2020
How Can India’s Energy Sector Recover Sustainably from COVID-19?
From IISD and CEEW, Part 1 of a three-part commentary series takes a deep dive into how India’s energy sector is coping with the impacts of COVID-19 and what this means for the sustainable energy transition.
Solar Power Is Just a Switch Away
Swapping subsidies from fossil fuels to clean options can make renewables the most viable alternative.
Determining the Status of Fish Stocks in Data-Poor Environments and Multispecies Fisheries
Some of the possible new World Trade Organization rules on fisheries subsidies could apply only when fish stocks are overfished or fishing is unsustainable. How can this be assessed in the context of data-poor and multispecies fisheries?