• 10 years of EU fuels policy increased EU’s reliance on unsustainable biofuels

    T&E's report analyses Oil World data for 2020 to assess current biofuels consumption and to evaluate the impact of the Renewable Energy Directive 10 years since it was introduced. It paints a sobering story of a policy that has driven up demand for cheap crop-based biodiesel leading to deforestation, habitat loss and greater CO2 emissions than the fossil diesel it replaces.

    Key findings:

    • Forests the size of the Netherlands wiped out
    • An estimated 10% of the world’s orangutan habitats destroyed
    • Up to 3x more CO2 emissions than the fossil diesel it replaced