Growing pressure to change EU biofuel policy

Hopes that plants could help Europe wean itself off its dependency on oil have been given a serious dent as the consequences of using land for biofuel become clearer.

Powering cars with plants once seemed like an unstoppable idea. Biofuel was sold as a way to reduce Europe’s oil dependency on autocratic regimes, meet climate-change targets and help Europe’s struggling farmers. But since the European Union agreed laws to promote biofuel, doubts have sprouted like weeds. Now it looks increasingly likely that the EU will have to rewrite bioenergy laws to guard against their unintended consequences. 

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