If fossil fuels accelerate climate change, and if most biofuels in Europe today are even worse, what should power our cars and trucks?
Using waste and residues (used cooking oil, forestry residues, organic municipal solid waste, cereal residues for example) instead of crops would mean that no new agricultural land is needed and the issue of clearing forests for agricultural land is addressed.
Today, biofuels are mainly made from food crops and need large areas of land to be produced. Since most agricultural land is already being used to produce food for people, new areas have to be found to meet the ever-increasing demand for food and animal feed. This leads to deforestation and draining of rich ecosystems, releasing tonnes of greenhouse gases.
Instead of helping the environment, most biofuels actually hurt it. 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.
Electro-mobility can make transport cleaner and cheaper
But to move more people and goods using electricity, we need EU policies, programmes and initiatives that support synergies between the transport and energy sectors.
This platform unites organisations from across civil society, industries, and transport modes. Its members are committed to promote electro-mobility and strive to collectively develop solutions to electrify European transport, and to promote those solutions to the EU institutions and Member States.
Frontera Invisible is the true story of communities trapped in the middle of the world’s longest war, in which big landowners’ rush for palm oil to produce ‘green’ fuel has displaced peasant farmers and indigenous people. It has destroyed natural habitats and concentrated land in the hands of the rich.
One part environmental documentary and one part social research through victims’ testimonials, Frontera Invisible gives voice to the local communities that are fighting hard to reclaim their land while exposing the major pitfalls of biofuels policy.
Every car in Europe uses a blend of biofuels, and this drives global production of biofuels. That means more deforestation, releasing stored-up carbon and driving up global food prices. This video explains this Butterfly Effect of EU biofuels policy and how we can end it. Read more at www.biofuelsreform.org #StopBadBiofuels
Every year 400,000 people die prematurely because of air pollution in Europe, but the European Parliament has the power to change that. This video shows what the air is like for Members of the European Parliament, in the EU quarter in Brussels, and invites them to take action by improving air quality laws.
BBC London – Lorries represent just 3% of the vehicle fleet in the EU but they cause 25% of road transport emissions, and are involved in 15% of fatal crashes, which kill 4,200 people/year. Redesigned lorries will be safer, but also cleaner and more fuel-efficient.
This animated video, linked to the Stop Bad Biofuels campaign and petition, shows how the deforestation, increased emissions and loss of habitat caused by bad biofuels are costing Europe billions of euros every year. #StopBadBiofuels