Leaked data: Palm biodiesel as dirty as fuel from tar sands

“There are good biofuels and bad biofuels and the worst are as filthy as the foulest fossil fuels.”

Damian Carrington writes at the Guardian,

There are good biofuels and bad biofuels: the trick is telling one from the other. That’s particularly difficult when trying to take account of the natural forests and wetlands that can destroyed in the drive to grow some biofuel crops. But we’re getting closer, it seems, and palm oil and soy beans now appear utterly unsupportable as a source of biodiesel.

The new data comes from a leak obtained by EurActiv from the European Commission. The EC is considering what level of carbon emissions each type of biofuel causes once burned, after everything – including “indirect land-use change” – is taken into account…

Read Carrington’s blog.