Monday, 12 April 2021
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Hi All

The biofuels policies of the EU and other regions are set to cause a massive increase in deforestation and CO2 emissions by 2030, a recent study has found.

Key findings:

  • Current ambitions for the use of biofuels is likely to lead to a massive increase in demand for palm oil and soy by 2030. Total demand for palm oil may increase to 61 mill tons, equal to 90% of current palm oil production, and demand for soy oil may increase to 41 million tons, almost 75% of current production. (high demand scenario).

  • This increase would cause an estimated 7 million hectares of deforestation, including up to 3.6 mill ha of peat drainage.

  • Global CO2 emissions from this additional deforestation are estimated to be 11.5 billion tons – more than China’s current annual emissions from burning fossil fuels.

  • The aviation industry is potentially the largest consumer of high deforestation risk biofuels, followed by Indonesia and Brazil.


Unfortunately, biofuels are not an isolate case. The EU (and some other regions) have a persistent habit of burning things and calling it "renewable". I have previously made posts on GreenExecutive about:

Also, Shona Starling posted this:
more than a month ago
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#759
Yes,

I do not believe in anything which burns, in the long run.
Pekka
more than a month ago
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#770
I really do not understand the EU's "renewable" energy policies.

It makes me suspect that policy makers are too easily influenced by lobbyists.
more than a month ago
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#796
This has got to be a purely political decision. These days, biofuels make little sense. We should be using renewables-based electrification, or green hydrogen for situations where electrification is less viable such as shipping, long haul trucking, or some industrial applications.
4 weeks ago
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#834
Apparently, the EU biofuel market is expected to rise at a CAGR of more than 4% to 2025:

https://www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/europe-biofuel-market
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