EU Refutes ActionAid Biofuels Report

The European Union said its renewable energy policy does promote the use of various sources of renewable energy such as wind and solar power, contrary to ActionAid’s report that the policy is solely focusing on biofuels, which is triggering hunger and land grabbing in developing nations such as Tanzania. 

ActionAid, in its report, accused the EU of fueling food price hikes as it estimated that the bloc intends to obtain 10 percent of transport fuel from biofuels. Aside from food insecurity, the promotion of biofuels will aggravate land grabbing and environmental degradation, the organization said.

“Biofuels are conservatively estimated to have been responsible for at least 30 per cent of the global food price hike in 2008,” the report said.

The charity said it is estimated that in 2008, the food crisis thrusted another 100 million people into poverty and about 30 million others into hunger.

Aside from importing from the U.S., the EU said it is meeting most of its own clean energy needs including biofuels, Daily News reports.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.