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EU rethink over 'damaging biofuels' warning

Source:  Copyright 2008, Telegraph
Date:  January 15, 2008
Byline:  Bruno Waterfield and Charles Clover
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Brussels announced a rethink of its plans to promote energy crops as scientists warned some biofuels could be more damaging to the atmosphere than fossil fuels.

Stavros Dimas, European Environment Commissioner, admitted the EU had underestimated the dangers of causing food shortages of rainforest destruction by dictating a binding target for 10 per cent of all EU road fuels to come from "green" sources by 2020.

"We have seen that the environmental problems caused by biofuels and also the social problems are bigger than we thought they were. So we have to move very carefully," he said.

advertisementMr Dimas warned it would be better to miss the centrally-set EU target rather than meet it by harming poor people through soaring food prices or destroying natural habitats of endangered species, such as the orang-utan.

Mr Dimas wants a ban on palm oil or sugar cane from primary rainforest that ...

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