The European Commission should pursue a zero biofuels policy rather than just reduce the cap on biofuels use for transport, said Belinda Calaguas, head of campaigns and advocacy at ActionAid International.
Calaguas spoke with Devex Editor Rolf Rosenkranz on the sidelines of the 2012 European Development Days, a day before the commission formally came out with its proposal to bring down the rate for biofuels use for vehicles from 10 percent to 5 percent.
The ActionAid official said that since the commission came out with the original target in 2009, there has been a massive investment in the production of biodiesel and bioethanol, which has prompted widespread land grabbing and subsequently forced people from their farms and threatened food security in affected areas. So while the cap reduction is “a good step,” Calaguas said it doesn’t solve the problems food-for-fuel production has created.
Watch the conversation between Rosenkranz and Calaguas on how the private sector can help the cause and alternatives to traditional biofuel production, part of a series of conversations we video-taped with global development leaders in the center of the action at EDD12 in Brussels.