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    Friday, December 06, 2013

    SUSTAINABILITY OF EUROPE’S BIOFUELS QUESTIONED

    Europe’s biofuels not guaranteed sustainable, finds new study

    A WWF analysis has shown that the standards used to assess biofuel sources fall well short of ensuring that Europe’s push towards increased biofuel use is not contributing to environmental destruction and social exploitation…[It assessed] certification standards for biofuels accepted by the EU against a Certification Assessment Tool (CAT) developed by WWF…[The] study reveals the lack of binding requirements in several areas, such as: for the preservation and improvement of ground, water and air quality, including the lack of criteria for the use of agrochemicals. Furthermore, social standards such as a ban on slave or child labour are also left out…[and] found that while all schemes met the mandatory EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) requirements, these were not enough to ensure sustainability…”click here for more

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