Another two independent scientific studies have cast further doubt on the EU’s policy of pushing for biofuels to make up 10% of the transport market by 2020. And in a special report, the Reuters news agency says the general picture that emerges from a series of Commission documents is that EU officials might have ‘deliberately skewed the findings of scientific studies to fit their policies’.
By Chris Bowers
Editor, T&E Bulletin
In June 2004, I wrote an open letter to the FIA, the governing body of Formula 1 motor racing, suggesting it ought to limit the amount of fuel available to drivers in grand prix races.
The campaign to make petrol and diesel derived from tar sands less economically attractive received the support of a group of MEPs earlier this month, including the chair of the environment committee, Jo Leinen.
Letter from environmental NGOs to Climate Commissioner on implementation of the fuel quality directive. Expressing concerns about a lack of differential treatment from high carbon sources such as tar sands.
BirdLife International, EEB and T&E invite you to the launch of the study 'Bioenergy: a carbon accounting time bomb'
The event will take place on June 29, from 2 to 4.30pm in the European Parliament - Paul-Henri Spaak P7C050, and is kindly sponsored by Theodoros Skylakakis MEP, Kathleen Van Brempt MEP and Bas Eickhout MEP.
Two new independent scientific studies launched today cast further doubt on the EU’s policy of promoting biomass as fuel for heat and power generation, and biofuels for transport,  according to BirdLife International, the European Environmental Bureau and Transport & Environment.
This study, carried out by Joanneum Research, identifies a major flaw in the way carbon savings from forest-derived biomass are calculated in EU law
as well as under UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol mechanisms.
Until a few years ago biofuels were considered a robust option for reducing CO2 emissions. However, over the past few years much evidence has emerged that this thinking is only part of the story and that it does not capture the full climate impact of biofuels.