Biodiesel not a solution to EU emissions, warns NGO


Creative Commons: Kris Duda, 2011

Long touted as a way to decarbonise the EU’s transport sector, new analysis from NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) has shown the use of biodiesel could increase emissions by almost 4% – the equivalent of putting 12 million cars on the road by 2020.

The analysis, based on the European Commission’s own study into biofuels, found that biodiesel from virgin vegetable oil – known as “first generation biofuels” – leads to around 80% higher emissions than the fossil diesel it replaces.

As the EU looks to review its renewable energy legislation, T&E are calling it to end incentives for these “bad biofuels” – such as those from palm and soy – or be left with a “cure… worse than the disease.

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