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Martin Wolf is without any doubt one of the best European economic journalists of his time, although I do not always agree with his neo-liberal “let’s leave everything to the market” politics. Today, the FT columnist launches a brilliant attack on the political support and subsidies for biofuels which he sees driven by “well-organised special… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

At a dinner debate organised by Friends of Europe and General Motors Europe on 16 October, EU Commission official Paul Hodson reacted to the Doornbosch-Steenblik report published for the Round Table on Sustainable Development of the OECD (the report is NOT an officially endorsed OECD document BTW). In their study “Biofuels, is the cure worse… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Conversion of arable land to produce biofuels should be forbidden for five years, until science has made enough progress to create “second-generation” biofuels. This is the recommendation of a UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. See Swissinfo for more on this story. Science Magazine Nature also has an editorial questioning corn-based biofuels (“Kill king… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Technorati Tags: biofuels, European Union The production of first-generation agro-fuels does not only have questionable environmental and social effects but it is also a very expensive way of trying to deal with the climate change effects of transport. European public support for first-generation biofuels is not a cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

During a recent seminar organised by the German Marshall Fund in Brussels, I heard EU commission expert for biofuels Paul Hodson express his growing frustration with all the negative news about the agro-fuels in the last twelve months. “Once I was proud of what I was doing”, Paul said, “but now I feel more and… » read more

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Swedish truck and bus manufacturer Volvo presented no less than 7 biomass-driven (“CO2-free”) trucks during the 2007 European Transport Forum in Brussels yesterday. With its high-level campaign the company wants to demonstrate that it can provide the car engine technologies needed for the alternative fuels to take off. Although there is a lot of vocal support… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In an article in the magazine Science, a team of UK researchers has attacked the European Union’s ambitious biofuels targets (10% by 2020) saying reforestation would be a much better way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The researchers from Leeds University and the World Land Trust calculated that new forests would absorb nine times the amount of… » read more

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The Institute for European Environmental Policy has published a new report showing the link between car use, climate change and obesity. The report (paid for by Greenpeace) recommends to promote walking and banning cars around schools. More on this in the BBC News. A remarkable story in Business Intelligence Middle East: according to the IEA,… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

For all the political rhetoric about the urgency to fight climate change, political and economic elites still do not seem to understand the full ramifications of our global crisis. This is illustrated once more by the revolt of six “new” EU member states (Latvia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Estonia) against the Commission’s… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Consumers do not trust what corporates and governments tell them about global warming, according to a report to be published on 22 June by AccountAbility and Consumers International. They also have very little faith in religious figures, celebrities or the media when it comes to finding trustworthy information on climate change. Read more on this… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer